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 May 1, 2022  Posted by  Featured News, U.S., Youth & Schools

Jennifer Smith Richards and Jodi S. Cohen report:

The courthouse lobby echoed like a crowded school cafeteria. Teenagers in sweatshirts and sneakers gossiped and scrolled on their phones as they clutched the yellow tickets that police had issued them at school.

Abigail, a 16-year-old facing a $200 penalty for truancy, missed school again while she waited hours for a prosecutor to call her name. Sophia, a 14-year-old looking at $175 in fines and fees after school security caught her with a vape pen, sat on her mother’s lap.

Read more of this ProPublica story on Chicago Tribune.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

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