Foster parent Andrew Simmons, of Ramona, CA, has the initials of all six of his adopted children on his arm. January 30, 2020. Photos by Lisa Hornak for CalMatters.

California stopped charging parents for kids’ incarceration. So why are some still stuck owing thousands of dollars?

in Around California/People

When Andrew Simmons first started getting billed for his son’s stints in juvenile hall, he was shocked.

“I just thought that was crazy. I mean you’re going to arrest my kid and then you’re going to charge me for it?” Simmons said.

Simmons ended up owing nearly $14,000 to San Diego County, including $20 per day for his son’s 53 days in home supervision and $31 per day for his more than 400 days in juvenile detention, according to a county audit of his account.

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