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Juveniled Justice System Structure & Process
Organization & Administration of Delinquency Services
Q: Are parents or guardians required to financially support the institutionalization of their delinquent children?
A: In 27 states, it is mandatory for the court to require a parent or guardian to pay at least part of the costs of confinement for their institutionalized delinquent children.

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  • In 23 states and the District of Columbia, it is at the discretion of the judge whether the parents or guardians are expected to contribute to the cost of confinement.
  • Even when a payment is mandatory, the amount is generally based on the parent's financial ability to make such payments, which is usually determined at a hearing.
  • In evaluating an obligated party's ability to pay, the court takes into consideration the family's income, the necessary obligation of the family, and the number of people dependent on the income.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/structure_process/qa04206.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on August 05, 2013.

 

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