Amnesty plan: Pay court fine, avoid jail time


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By Marty Roney • mroney@gannett.com • April 10, 2010

PRATTVILLE — Officials say that saving jobs in the courthouses and keeping county jails from overflowing are the reasons they are conducting an amnesty program in the 19th Judicial Circuit.

People with unpaid fines or fees in the district and circuit courts will be given the opportunity to settle those fees without danger of being arrested. The circuit includes Autauga, Chilton and Elmore counties…The amnesty was announced Friday morning on the steps of the Autauga County Courthouse…

Following the amnesty, roundups of those owing fees are planned. If someone is arrested for not paying court-ordered fees or fines, an additional 30 percent will be tacked onto the total, said Elmore County Circuit Clerk Larry Dozier…Those arrested will have to pay the fees in full to get out, or “serve the time out,” where each day in jail takes off $25 of the total.

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