Juvenile Reports


A Complete Breakdown of America’s New Juvenile Justice Law by John Kelly



MacArthur Foundation Juvenile Justice Reform Models for Change program seeks to bring about changes in law, policy, and practice and to heighten interest in and provide models for juvenile justice reform nationwide. Initiative goals included greater use of evidence-based practices, improving re-entry and mental health services, and increasing community-based alternatives to incarceration. All sites worked to improve data collection and analysis for decision making and to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities.



'Drowning' from fines: Juveniles also deserve high court protections from justice system fees


National Juvenile Defender Center's Juvenile Cash Bail Reform



New York City’s Latest Bail Reform Aims to Keep More Teens Out of Jail. They would be placed in the city’s Supervised Release Program with supervision, access to voluntary services and therapy.



San Francisco Joins National Push to Abolish Youth Prisons



Young People Who Can't Pay Court Fees Are Getting Trapped In The Criminal Justice System, May 2019. 


Bench CardNational Juvenile Defender Center (2018) Ensuring Young People Are Not Criminalized for Poverty: Bail, Fees, Fines, Costs, and Restitution in Juvenile Court


UC Policy Advocacy Clinic (2018) Making Families Pay: The Harmful, Unlawful, and Costly Practice of Charging Juvenile Administrative Fees in California


National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (2018) Resolution Addressing Fines, Fees, and Costs in Juvenile Courts 


National Juvenile Defender Center (2017) The Cost of Juvenile Probation: A Critical Look into Juvenile Supervision Fees.


Juvenile Law Center (2016)  Debtors' Prison for Kids? The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System. Debtor’s Prison for Kids: Toolkit for Eliminating Costs, Fines, and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System.


Berkeley Law (March, 2016)  High Pain, No Gain:  How Juvenile Administrative Fees Harm Low-Income Families in Alameda County, California.


Advisory for Recipients of Financial Assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice on Levying Fines and Fees on JuvenilesThe Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice and the Office of Justice Programs, Office for Civil Rights issued an Advisory Thursday, January 12, 2017 regarding the detrimental effect of levying of fines and fees in juvenile court and reminding recipients of financial assistance of their constitutional and statutory responsibilities related to collecting fines and fees from youth in the juvenile justice system.