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Prattville offers amnesty program

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

The City of Prattville has begun an amnesty pogrom to collect unpaid court fines without penalty of law. Mayor Bill Gillespie calls it 'a little bit of spring cleaning'.  Not only will it allow the city to clear their books, but it will also bring in more revenue and fill the city's coffers.

If you have a warrant out against you for unpaid fines or court costs, you can stop by the Municipal Court and set up a payment plan.  You must pay at least 25% up front or $250 dollars, which ever is more. If your fine is less than $250 dollars, you will required to pay the full amount.

Participants who meet the requirements will not suffer any penalty.  In fact, keeping folks out of jail keeps the city's costs down too.

Prattville Municipal Court Judge Louis Colley says they decided to start the program after seeing other counties and municipalities have success with similar programs.

Judge Colley said, "It's a good way for us to clear off some of these outstanding cases.  Quite honestly, we have no idea how many of these fines are collectable. Any of these individuals may be deceased, in a penitentiary, out of state, or otherwise unreachable by law enforcement officers. All of those who are in the area, this gives you a great opportunity to start fresh and get a clean slate."

The program is already underway, but it will only be available until the end of July. You can stop by the Municipal Court anytime during normal business hours.  During the month of July, they are offering extended hours:

Saturday, July 16th, 8 am - Noon

Monday, July 18th, Municipal Court will remain open until 7 pm.

Thursday, July 21st, Municipal Court will remain open until 7 pm.

Saturday, July 23rd, 8 am - Noon

Monday, July 25th, Municipal Court will remain open until 7 pm.

Thursday, July 28th, Municipal Court will remain open until 7 pm.

If you have any other questions, call the Municipal Court at (334) 361-3619.

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