New York Times Article About New Report on Reimagining Juvenile Restitution

A new report asserts that ordering juvenile offenders to pay compensation to their victims often derails their lives, and victims’ rights groups see shortcomings as well.

WASHINGTON — Arabella Guevara spent much of her adolescence paying for her mistakes.

She entered the juvenile justice system at 13, after she ran away from home for the first time, hoping to escape a volatile relationship with her mother. Before long, running away escalated to petty theft, then stealing cars and breaking into homes. It cost her nearly two years spent in and out of juvenile facilities, and many additional months still tied to the system through probation.

Read the full story by Erica L. Green in The New York Times

Read the full report from Juvenile Law Center 

View the map of consequences for unpaid restitution from Juvenile Law Center