Sometimes the decision comes to paying the phone bill or the probation fees that month.
New shoes, clothes, groceries: All have been sacrificed to the six years’ worth of probation fees.
Over those six years, Kimberly Smith has paid more than $3,000 in fees to the juvenile probation system and juvenile court in Johnson County after each of her three children was arrested as a juvenile.
Her kids have been arrested as teenagers for crimes such as shoplifting and bringing a knife to school. After each arrest, they are put on probation and completed classes that address their individual needs, such as improving social skills or dealing with anger issues.