Muskegon Co. Jail collects more than $14K

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Muskegon County collected more than $14,700 in unpaid jail fees during a two-week amnesty event.

Between March 23 and April 3, former inmates who owned the Muskegon County Jail money were allowed to pay a single lump sum everything else was forgiven.

Figures provided Tuesday by the county show the county collected $14,726.14 from a 151 people — an average of $98 each.

Some of the people who contacted the jail were placed on need-based 3-month payment plans.

The amnesty event was organized by the county’s new Consolidated Reimbursement Unit, the sole purpose of which is to collect unpaid fees.

The county says it took the jail’s old private collection agency six months to collect the same amount of cash collected during the two-week amnesty.

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