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Riverside County settles lawsuit about the assessment and collection of juvenile detention fees

Wed, 15/02/2023 - 04:00

Parents and guardians of youth who paid fees or had their wages or tax refund taken to pay detention fees for a youth housed in a Riverside County juvenile hall or juvenile treatment facility may be entitled to receive money as part of a class action lawsuit settlement.

Riverside County and the Enhanced Collection Division of the Superior Court have settled a lawsuit for fees collected between December 21, 2016, and April 21, 2020. Under the settlement, Riverside County has agreed to refund a portion of the fees that were collected.

Class members do not have to file a claim or take any other action to receive their share, but must notify the Settlement Administrator if they have an address change. The notices in the links below provide information about the lawsuit and settlement and about their rights. Before the Judge approves the settlement, class members can check to see what was agreed to in the settlement. Class members can submit questions, advise the Judge if they disagree with anything and may also ask to not be part of the settlement.

To learn more, click the links below:

Freeman v County of Riverside Settlement Agreement

Settlement Agreement Addendum 

Freeman v County of Riverside (English)

Freeman v County of Riverside (Spanish)