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Laws » Juvenile Justice Fees and Costs Reduced in California
California has reduced many of the fees and costs minors and their families pay in the California juvenile justice system.
The changes resulted from the passage of California Senate Bill 190 (SB 190), which became effective on January 1, 2018.
Among the costs juveniles under age 21 and their parents/guardians are no longer liable for are:
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:
After four hours of solitary confinement, staff must do one or more of the following:
If the minor must be left in confinement, the staff must:
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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