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Among the costs juveniles under age 21 and their parents/guardians are no longer liable for are:
The cost of a court-appointed lawyer to represent the minor;
Administrative and application fees for any home detention program; and
Costs of substance abuse treatment and/or testing.
Limits on solitary confinement of minors
California law has also been changed to limit the circumstances under which someone under age 18 can be placed in “room confinement” (solitary confinement).
Other than in certain emergency situations, room confinement of minors:
May not be used before other less restrictive options have been exhausted unless doing so would pose a threat to another minor or staff;
May not be used to the extent that it would compromise the mental and physical health of the minor; and
May not exceed four hours except during an emergency such as a natural disaster or facility-wide threat.
After four hours of solitary confinement, staff must do one or more of the following:
Return the minor or ward to the general population;
Consult with mental health or medical staff; and/or
Develop an individualized plan for reintegrating the minor into the general population.
If the minor must be left in confinement, the staff must:
Document the reason;
Develop an individualized plan for reintegration into the general population; and
Get the written approval of the facility superintendent or his or her designee every four hours thereafter.
The law does not apply to single-person rooms or cells used for housing or during normal sleeping hours.
It also does not apply to minors in court holding facilities or adult facilities.
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A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.