Courts Plot Strategies To Collect Unpaid Fines


Tight budgets and long lists of delinquents are prompting courts to go after fine-dodgers who owe hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid fines, USA Today reports. Strategies include computer upgrades, bank account garnishment, and special hearings to recoup money owed for everything from parking tickets to felony penalties.

Courts in Arkansas and Florida have set up “collections courts.” California has increased its use of docking state income tax refunds, intercepting lottery winnings, and garnishing wages to retrieve fees in the past year. Nevada Chief Justice James Hardesty is asking the legislature to create a statewide collection agency to recoup an estimated $19.5 million in unpaid fines.

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