Double Charged Investigation Featured on The Atlantic

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On May 14, 2014, published Youth Radio’s report “Some Kids Get Charged Twice For One Crime.”  The piece is part of our yearlong investigation, “Double Charged: The True Cost of Juvenile Justice,” which first aired nationally on Marketplace.

Youth Radio’s feature for The Atlantic highlights the story of Zoe Mathews, the mother of a young man named DeShawn Morris, who was charged with armed robbery in 2010. Despite serving his time, and his subsequent murder in July 2012, Zoe is still on-the-hook to pay for the cost of investigation and time served on her deceased son’s behalf.

“Double Charged: The True Cost of Juvenile Justice” sheds light on policies within the juvenile justice system that require young offenders (and their families) to pay for their own prosecution and incarceration.

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