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A little late to this, but I had a question about probation fees. I've never been in jail/had to deal with probation, but a close friend of mine works at a jail in Florida and told me that the prisoners there who are released on probation have to pay some sort of fee whenever they meet with their probation officer.

He said a lot of the individuals on probation have a hard time finding work soon after getting released and can't get the money together for the fees, so they end up avoiding their officer and being sent back to jail for violating parole. What are these fees used for and do you agree with them? It seems like a bit of a burden to place on individuals recently released from prison.

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Thanks for the perspective! I'm glad the federal level doesn't require those fees.