By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – With a strong endorsement from a Tishomingo County justice court judge, the Corinth Board of Aldermen this week approved a one-year contract with an outside business for city court fines collections.
A representative of Judicial Correction Services of Atlanta – Demarcus Fomby – told the board that the company handles collections for 17 municipal courts and 10 justice courts in Mississippi, and has numerous counties in Georgia, Florida and other states for which it collects fines.
“We’ve been working with them about a year and have had about a 90 percent collection rate compared with about 50 percent before,” said Billy Glover, a justice court judge in Tishomingo County. “As far as I can see it’s a no-brainer.”
Fomby said the business collects the fines at no cost to the city, with their fees paid by the person who owes the fine.
Anyone who is unable to pay the full fine at the time of demand is referred to Judicial Correction Services, which sets up a probation arrangement with the individual, Fomby said. When the person makes any payment through the company, 70 percent goes to the municipality owed the fine and 30 percent to the company’s collection fee.
The city clerk will have full access to online recordkeeping for any cases referred by the city and can verify any payments made by Judicial Correction Services at any time, Fomby said.
On the recommendation of city attorney Wendell Trapp, the term of the agreement was set at one year.