Criminal defendants may have a chance to avoid jail in Rankin County

Photo Courtesy: Rankin County

RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – The judges of the Rankin County Justice Court says they have a program that will help criminal defendants avoid jail.

The “Plan to Avoid Jail” will allow criminal defendants to avoid jail if the following occurred:

(a) An arrest warrant has been issued for contempt for the defendant’s failure to make timely payments to Rankin County Justice Court; and

(b) Before the defendant is arrested, he/she voluntarily appears at Rankin County Justice Court during the hours of 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; and

(c) The defendant pays (25%) of the amount due; and

(d) The defendant pays at least $50 per month on the remaining balance.

The program begins January 19, 2016 and ends March 31, 2016.

If you believe you qualify, call (601) 824-2665 after January 13.

Please note that constables are actively executing arrest warrants and this plan is only available if you appear before being arrested.

To find more information about the program, click here.

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