Double Charged

5:54pm

Mon July 7, 2014
Cops & Courts

Double Charged: Youth Radio Reporters on their Series About the True Cost of Juvenile Justice

A courtroom at the Juvenile Justice Center in Alameda County, Calif where fees are regularly charged to families for everything from public defenders to per/night stays in juvenile hall. Brett Myers/Youth Radio
Brett Myers/Youth Radio

For the past year, Youth Radio's Sayre Quevedo and Myles Bess have been investigating the true cost of the U.S. juvenile justice system for a series called Double Charged. They focused their reporting on California, which has the largest overall population of incarcerated youth in the country. 

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4:54pm

Mon July 7, 2014
Cops & Courts

Double Charged: The True Co$t of Juvenille Justice

Families and youth wait in the hallway outside juvenile courtrooms, San Leandro, Calif.
Brett Myers/Youth Radio

Standing in the hallway outside a hearing room at the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center, you see benches filled with teenagers and their families–waiting to appear in court– many dressed up in button down shirts and ties, looking their Sunday best. A lot of moms, too, and little brothers and sisters who’d clearly rather be elsewhere.

Many teens are here for trials and probation hearings, but on any given day, others are trying to negotiate fines and fees.

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4:39pm

Mon July 7, 2014
Cops & Courts

Double Charged: Restitution

Ricky Brum standing in an alley in Manteca, California near the scorch mark left behind by a fire he set to cardboard boxes.
Brett Myers/Youth Radio

Ricky Brum stood with one of my producers in an alleyway behind a furniture store in Manteca, California, and to be honest, it was a little awkward. He didn't really want to be there. Last February Brum set some cardboard boxes on fire just a few feet away.

"Just that right there," he said, pointing to a black spot on the pavement, "Just a little burn mark on the floor."

He explained that one match to the boxes did the trick.

"Like I just sat there and was like bam."

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4:21pm

Mon July 7, 2014
Cops & Courts

Double Charged: Teens on House Arrest With GPS

Manny Velazquez, 16, says he's ashamed of his GPS ankle monitor.
Brett Myers/Youth Radio

Seventeen-year-old Elisa Morris-Jackson is sitting on the couch in sweatpants and a hoodie. It’s seven p.m. and she’s watching the TV show “Dancing With The Stars.” Seven p.m. each evening is also the time when about 130 other juvenile offenders in Alameda County, California are required to plug in and sit down for their mandatory two-hour battery charge.

“I’m going to be so excited to get this thing off of me,” she said.

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