The facts are dire. Louisiana is the most incarcerated state in the most incarcerated nation in the world. Too many of our students are involved in the school to prison pipeline.
We can put a dent in that pipeline by supporting House Bill 216, authored by Rep. Royce Duplessis.
HB 216 would eliminate the harmful imposition of administrative costs and fees on youth and families in Louisiana's juvenile justice system. In practical terms, that means we can stop the ineffective use of government funds attempting to collect often uncollectable fees, allow probation officers to stop acting as bill collectors and do their job, and allow system-involved families to retain their money for necessities like food, shelter, and medical services.
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Ending juvenile fees is a common sense juvenile justice reform with bi-partisan support.
HB 216 will be heard by the House Committee on Judiciary on Wednesday, May 6th.
We are proud to work with Ubuntu NOLA, Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children, the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights, and others to support this important legislation.