- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Millions of dollars in fines, costs and restitution from felony criminal cases are owed to circuit courts throughout Arkansas.

The amounts include $10 million in Craighead County, $6 million in Washington County, $5.4 million in Benton County and $2.8 million in Carroll County. Those numbers include debts dating back to the 1980s.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1GK31sP ) that much of that debt can’t be collected because the debtors have died or are in prison.

Collection of circuit court fees, costs and restitution has been a problem statewide. In 2012, Arkansas Chief Justice Jim Hannah met with circuit judges from across the state and encouraged them to begin collecting outstanding debt.

Arkansas has 75 counties and 28 judicial circuits. Each county has a circuit clerk who handles cases for that county.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com


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