Gina has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her mom made the decision to give up custody of her daughter, for Gina's safety and her own. While in county custody and living in a group home, Gina got into a fight and was charged with assault.
Gina and her mom were assigned a public defender to handle Gina's case. Based on the family's income, the fees were reduced.
Gina was sentenced to time in juvenile hall plus probation, again, at a reduced cost.
Gina was required to pay her victim's medical bills.
Gina's mom is responsible for her daughter's court-related debt, even though she was not in her mother's custody at the time.
Gina's family would pay $1,436 in fines and fees. To learn more, check out our "Double-Charged" series.
The composite characters you'll meet here are based on Youth Radio's reporting carried out over more than a year.
The names are made up, but the details are real - drawn from interviews and county averages.