Amnesty Month returns for misdemeanor fines in Hattiesburg

By Jeff Daley

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The City of Hattiesburg is once again giving individuals with misdemeanors warrants a chance to clear them up at a reduced cost.

As they did last year, City officials have declared February as "Amnesty Month." Anyone with misdemeanor fines dating prior to July 1, 2010 can drop by city hall during the month and pay them off at a discounted rate of 25 percent. After February 28, those individuals who have not paid the fines will be responsible for the full amount.

City officials say it's a good way for the city to clear the books of old cases.

"This is a good opportunity for you to get your ticket paid. That helps our docket, that helps you, and that helps the city," said Municipal Court Judge Jolly Matthews. "So I see that as a triple winner.

Amnesty Month in Hattiesburg only applies to misdemeanor fines only.

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