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Mar 1, 2012 8:38 AM by AP

Rapides Parish offers amnesty program

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The 9th Judicial District will offer an amnesty program next week for defendants to pay their fines and court costs in order to avoid a contempt of court arrest for nonpayment.

The Town Talk reports the district court judges, Rapides Parish District Attorney James Downs, Clerk of Court Robin Hooter and Sheriff Chuck Wagner are collaborating on the program.

Anyone with a bench warrant for contempt for non-appearance at an arraignment or pre-trial conference may make arrangements for a new court date.

The program does not affect the prosecution of the charges for which the fines, costs or bench warrants have been issued. The program will not dismiss the prosecution of charges other than the contempt of court in most cases.

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