Craighead County Hopes New System Will Help Get Fines - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Jonesboro, AR--Ron Smiley Reports

Craighead County Hopes New System Will Help Get Fines

March 16, 2005--Posted 4:00 pm CST

 

Jonesboro, AR--If you oweCraighead County’s Justice System money, you may want to keep an eye on your mailbox.  Craighead County Sheriff Jack McCann said, “over the next few days or as soon as the system is up and running we will be notifying people owing fines by letter to tell them they’re delinquent.”

 

The new system the Sheriff is talking about will bring the departments files into the digital age.  Each day hundreds of files are being digitized by secretaries with the Sheriff’s department.

 

“In the past if you owed a fine the information was kept right here,” McCann says.  “If someone owed you restitution we had know way of knowing about it until they were arrested.”

 

Now a computer will keep tabs of all the information.  Fee totals will literally be a click of the mouse away.  Even more impressive, the computer will actually mail out reminders to those who fall more than fifteen days behind on their payments.  If you ignore the letters then you can expect to ‘get served.’

 

“If you do not answer the letter then you can expect to be issued a warrant,” McCann says.  “The warrant would be to show cause which is a mandatory appearance before the judge.”

 

And it could get worse.  “If they are on parole then we can seek to have their parole revoked.”  Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Brent Davis said.  “If they are not they can still be held in contempt of court.”

 

Right now the county estimates they are owed more than 8 million dollars in court fees, fines, and restitution payments.  They acknowledge some of the money will be impossible to get back.  Their hopes is to recoup about fifty percent of outstanding funds.

 

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Live in Montgomery: The Day before the Big Game

    Live in Montgomery: The Day before the Big Game

    Friday, December 15 2017 11:41 PM EST2017-12-16 04:41:07 GMT
    Friday, December 15 2017 11:49 PM EST2017-12-16 04:49:15 GMT
    The A-State football team visited the Rosa Parks Museum this week as part of bowl festivities for the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. (Source: KAIT)The A-State football team visited the Rosa Parks Museum this week as part of bowl festivities for the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. (Source: KAIT)

    It was a busy Friday as the A-State Red Wolves finished the final preparations for Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery. 

    It was a busy Friday as the A-State Red Wolves finished the final preparations for Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery. 

  • Greensborough Village project sees first building construction project

    Greensborough Village project sees first building construction project

    Friday, December 15 2017 11:18 PM EST2017-12-16 04:18:27 GMT
    Friday, December 15 2017 11:38 PM EST2017-12-16 04:38:31 GMT
    A developer said Friday that the Greensborough Village project is moving ahead. (Source: KAIT)A developer said Friday that the Greensborough Village project is moving ahead. (Source: KAIT)

    A 200-acre property project in the Hilltop area of Jonesboro is moving ahead, a developer of the project said Friday. 

    A 200-acre property project in the Hilltop area of Jonesboro is moving ahead, a developer of the project said Friday. 

  • breaking

    One dead, one in custody, investigator says in Lawrence County shooting

    One dead, one in custody, investigator says in Lawrence County shooting

    Friday, December 15 2017 9:17 PM EST2017-12-16 02:17:05 GMT
    Friday, December 15 2017 11:17 PM EST2017-12-16 04:17:18 GMT
    Lawrence County deputies were at the scene of a shooting Friday night on Highway 91. (Source: KAIT)Lawrence County deputies were at the scene of a shooting Friday night on Highway 91. (Source: KAIT)

    According to Sgt. Jamie White of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, authorities there are investigating a shooting in which a woman was killed. 

    According to Sgt. Jamie White of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, authorities there are investigating a shooting in which a woman was killed. 

Powered by Frankly