This bill has already passed through the Senate Public Safety committee and had its hearing in Appropriations committee today. I’m writing this on the go, but I would be willing to guess it will make it to a floor vote and you’ll be wanting to call your Senator soon and Assemblymember down the line.
- This bill would get rid of some administrative fees for certain criminal justice programs forminors under the age of 21.
- These fees include adminstrative fees for house arrest, drug testing as a condition of probation, damages to house arrest monitors, and other administrative costs that are typically passed onto the offender or their guardians.
Who to call
In-depth and News Coverage
- The bill text
- The main argument is that these fees are often difficult or impossible for juvenile offenders to pay. Of course the flip side of that is the argument that you do the crime, you pay the fine, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation could stand to spend less incarcerating offenders. Why should taxpayers foot the bill for someone else’s crime? Proponents might argue it’s for the sake of rehabilitation.
- Tangentially related, I’ll link to this Chronicle op ed I saw a few months ago about the effect of charging people fees they can’t afford.
- Public News Service
- Los Angeles Wave Newspapers