Amnesty Month returns for misdemeanor fines in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg City Court is offering a financial break to residents struggling to pay their fines next month.

The courts Amnesty Program allows folks to stop by and receive a 25 percent discount on fines they were issued prior to January 31, 2012.

Residents will not only be able to clear their misdemeanor cases at a discounted rate, but may also be eligible to take part in the partial payment plan as long as their fines are paid by March 1. People who are currently on the partial payment plan will not be eligible for the 25 percent discount.

"Amnesty Day helps the city as far as the court is concerned, helps clean our books of old fines, and it helps residents get a reduction in their fines that they may have," said Hattiesburg Mayor's Assistant John Brown.

Amnesty Month begins February 1 and ends March 1.

Individuals who do not pay their fines before March 1 will be responsible for the total amount of their fines or risk incarceration.

In 2011, Mayor Johnny DuPree proclaimed February as Amnesty Month.

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