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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.

    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?


    Feeling charitable?

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

    For that you could get a PlayStation 4...

    Or you could rescue as many as three corgis!

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

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