Forrest County to hold Operation Fresh Start in March

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - In an attempt to clear up more than 5000 unpaid fines Forrest County will hold Operation Fresh Start in March.

The program will enable people with outstanding fines from the county to have any collections fees waived, which in some cases will mean a substantial savings. Misdemeanor fines and citations from the Highway Patrol, Sheriff's Department, U-S-M and The Department of Game and Fish are covered in the program. Felonies, domestic violence incidents, or warrants with the Hattiesburg or Petal Police Departments are not.

"It's very important that you do that because if you go to fill out a job application they will run a background check and find out you have warrants," said Judge Gay Polk Payton, Justice Court, District Three. "Or you can get pulled over by the police and they run your drivers license and it shows a warrant and you'll be taken into custody."

All fines must be paid in full to qualify.

The dates for the program are March 5 to March 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and March 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fines can be paid at the Forrest County Justice Court on Main Street in Hattiesburg.

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