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Morgan correction fees raise confusion

By Sheryl Marsh · 340-2437

Collection of fees for Morgan County Community Corrections is like a ball of confusion.

Community Corrections Director Alison Nix said she has 18 participants in the program and all are not paying. She made her first deposit of $205 to the County Commission office from fee collections Tuesday.

A clerk who receipted the money said Nix submitted a printout of services provided for the money paid.

If all had paid an upfront $65 supervision fee, Nix should have turned in $1,170.

Nix gives each participant documents when he enrolls. One states, “You must bring the paperwork and $65 in with you upon your initial visit. This cost will cover the cost of your initial supervision fees.”

Although the statement lists the purpose of the fee, Nix said Tuesday that $40 of the amount is for supervision and $25 is for an initial drug test.

She said five people paid $25 each for drug testing and two people paid $40 each for initial supervision. Nix said she’s allowing some of the participants to get a job and get financially stable before paying.

There appears to be confusion about which office will receive the money.

Chairman John Glasscock said it was his understanding that Circuit Clerk John Pat Orr’s office would receive the money from Nix.

Nix says participants will pay restitution and other fees, such as fines, to Orr’s office and bring receipts to her.

Program participants either pay cash or money order, Nix said. Deputy Administrator Carol Long said the money will go into the Community Corrections fund.

The Morgan County Community Corrections and Court Services Commission possibly will discuss the collection process at its meeting Thursday.

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