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    The Fashion Accessory No Teen Really Wants

    Here's some "fun"--note the quotation marks--facts about teens under house arrest and how much GPS monitoring costs their families.

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    Who says that crime doesn't pay?

    It pays governments like Alameda County, California real well!

    Youth Radio spent a year investigating the juvenile justice system in the United States for a series we're calling Double Charged. The heavy hitting stuff is here, but we figured that you might like to know some of what we learned about the hidden cost of the system.

    But the county charges $15/day for those high tech fashion accessories.

    What could that $15 buy?


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    Almost three whole gallons of gas in California.

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    Three really swanky lattes from Blue Bottle.

    Feeling charitable?


    $15 can buy six doses of the most effective malaria treatments: ACTs.

    (Awww, did we get too serious for you there all of a sudden?)

    If you cut off your monitor, it will cost you more than $700.

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    For that you could get a PlayStation 4...

    ...and a Playstation Vita and still have some left over for a game.

    Or you could rescue as many as three corgis!

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    The Pembroke Welsh Corgi club of the Garden State charges a $200-$300 fee for each rescue. That's nothing compared to all the Instagram love you would receive!

    And according to county contracts, the operating device itself only costs about $3 per day.

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    That means the county is making $12/day on those high tech fashion accessories.

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    That’s enough for a fancy cocktail, like this Penicillin! Drink up!

    Uh, oh. Your parole officer doesn't like you drinking!


    Not to mention, his services net a $90 a month fee.

    For ten bucks more you could get a year of Amazon Prime...


    ... which would let you marathon Justified.

    Some counties require your parents to pay to install a separate landline.


    Millennials may not recognize this image: this is what a telephone once looked like.

    Shocking, I know.

    A last set of "fun facts":

    •Almost half the teens who are assigned GPS end up violating.

    •Often for technicalities, like not charging the battery on their GPS unit.

    •Violating usually means more time on GPS.

    Which means more fines and fees!

    To get the real scoop on the juvenile justice system check out Youth Radio's special series Double Charged.

    Youth Radio/Youth Media International (YMI) is youth-driven converged media production company that delivers the best youth news, culture and undiscovered talent to a cross section of audiences. To read more youth news from around the globe and explore high quality audio and video features, visit

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