The arrest of a child could be a devastating experience for families. But for families struggling to make ends meet, it could also lead them to rack up debt.
A report by UC Berkeley School of Law Policy Advocacy Clinic looks at the cost associated with juvenile detentions in California.
In San Diego, the county charges families $30 for every day a minor is locked up in juvenile detention. It also charges $28 for every day a minor has to wear an electronic monitoring device. The average stay costs almost $1,000, according to the report.