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Police give people 'second chance' with Operation Safe Surrender

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SOUTHAVEN, MS -

(WMC-TV) - The Southaven Police Department is giving people a "second chance" to avoid jail time by paying a fine if they are living with an outstanding warrant.  Operation Safe Surrender starts Monday at noon.

"You hear 'em say, 'Oh, I can't go down to Mississippi because I have a warrant down there,'" said Mark Little, Southaven Police Department.

Operation Safe Surrender is giving some offenders a second chance.

"Last year, we had 86 people that came in," said Little. "We're trying to alleviate that embarrassment because I'd say 80 percent of them know they have this warrant."

There are more than 1,400 warrants that range from failing to appear in court to probation violations. The city wants to collect that money and if the warrant is not taken care of, offenders could end up in jail or have trouble getting a job.

Southaven police say about 70 percent of outstanding warrants are out of their jurisdiction in Memphis, other parts of Mississippi, even Arkansas, so they are sending out letters to let people know how much they owe and even give them a chance to pay half now and the rest later.

Last year, a participant even wrote the police thanking them for the opportunity to pay up.

People can pay at Southaven Municipal Court, 8889 Northwest Drive at the following days and times:

  • Monday, April 8, 2013 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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