Poverty Penalties and Poverty Traps

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Colorado C.R.S. 18-22-103(1);(4) Source of Revenues - Allocation of Moneys

(1)  Each juvenile who is convicted as an adult of a violent crime shall be required to pay a surcharge to the clerk of the court in which the conviction occurs

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in an amount equal to any fine imposed by such court;  (4)  A surcharge assessed by the court pursuant to this section may be collected in the same manner as a judgment in a civil action and the court shall order the district attorney to institute proceedings to collect such surcharge if the court finds that a juvenile convicted as an adult of a violent crime is financially unable to pay all or any portion of such surcharge at the time of sentencing.

Civil judgment Misdemeanor, Felony No