Riverside County will pay back $540,000 in juvenile fees to 1,200 class members to settle a lawsuit that alleged illegal collection of juvenile detention fees.
The 2017 law Senate Bill 190 eliminated each county’s ability to charge families fees for the administration of juvenile justice centers. The county continued to collect $4.1 million in outstanding fees until March 2020, the Western Center on Law and Poverty claimed.
The county agreed to stop collecting fees when the lawsuit was filed.
Shirley and Daniel Freeman brought the case, with co-plaintiff Tiffine Hansbrough, after the county spent 10 years trying to collect $8,000 in fees related to