Fines & Fees

When young people in Michigan enter the juvenile justice system, they receive punishment such as probation oversight and/or out of home confinement for months or sometimes years. However, there is one aspect of the juvenile justice system that can stay with them even longer than those penalties: the financial burden of juvenile court fines, fees, and restitution.

Our Priorities
  • Eliminate or significantly decrease the debt placed upon youth  and families involved in the juvenile justice system.

  • Align Michigan’s juvenile court collections practices with fair and equitable practices from across the country.

  • Ensure a transparent statewide system for data collection on and dissemination of continuing financial impacts of the juvenile justice system.

Our Strategies
  • Advocating for the voiceless by grounding our advocacy in the stories of justice-impacted youth and their families.​​

  • Building powerful coalitions by ensuring that families, advocates, and juvenile court stakeholders are part of a collaborative campaign.

  • Highlighting best practices by shining a light on promising county practices as well as practices from other states.

  • Crafting responsible solutions by leading and supporting thoughtful legislation that dismantles unfair debt assessment and collection practices and relieves Michigan's families of significant, debilitating debt.

Our Partners
  • National Center for Youth Law

Take Action
  • Contact your legislators

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1679 Broadway Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48105