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Hamilton County court to crack down on debts

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (Times Free Press) -

The Hamilton County court system can strip people's rights, throw them in jail or even sentence them to death. But historically, it's had a hard time making people pay their tabs.

People with outstanding fines or court costs go to jail, leave the state or die -- and their debts go delinquent.

The Hamilton County Commission last week voted to hire two collection agencies -- Professional Recovery Consultants and Automated Collection Service -- to start working for the county's court clerks and other agencies in hopes of recovering at least some of the tens of millions of dollars in unpaid fines and costs owed to the county.

Commissioner Joe Graham, chairman of the finance committee, said 11 companies made proposals and the two companies chosen would keep between 16 and 19.5 percent of what they collected.

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