District courts set amnesty program

Pine Bluff District Court and Jefferson County District Court have announced an amnesty program, effective now through Thursday, Sept. 11.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth said she and Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney hold amnesty programs from time to time, and people who have outstanding fines and warrants in either division can pay the fine and court costs and the failure to appear warrant will be dismissed.

“Those can run from $290 to $810 per warrant, depending on the charge, so that’s a considerable saving,” Bridgforth said.

She described the program as a “win-win” for both the citizens and for the court system.

“It can help people get their drivers license back and it can generate revenue for the court system,” Bridgforth said Friday.

She said law enforcement officials have indicated that they plan a roundup for outstanding warrants after the amnesty period is over.