Kyle Dewitt, Ionia, Mich.
- Offense: Caught a fish out of season.
- Punishment: Three days in jail.
- About this case: Then 19, Dewitt had just lost his job; he says he couldn’t afford the original $155 fine. The court offered him payment plans, but he says he never received the letter.
- Court debt: More than $215.
A yearlong NPR investigation found that the costs of the criminal justice system in the United States are paid increasingly by the defendants and offenders. Here are just some of the people we found as part of this story.