Imposing fines and fees on juveniles places an unjust burden on working families, perpetuating a cycle of debt. Kansas youth not only face fines from the courts but also various additional fees like booking fees, lawyer fees, program fees, and frequent drug testing. When families struggle to pay these costs, their cases are prolonged due to missed payments or absences related to court dates. This accumulation of debt, civil judgments, and damaged credit severely limits the future prospects of young individuals. Disproportionately affecting Black youth, these fines and fees contribute to systemic racism, as racial disparities in Kansas arrests of Black youth have increased. Instead of promoting rehabilitation, fines and fees offer no constructive purpose and can even heighten the chances of reoffending. Moreover, these financial impositions make up only a small portion of a county's budget. In 2020, Wyandotte County collected a mere $14,000 out of a $5 million budget, spending more money pursuing unpaid fines and fees than what they ultimately received.