Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

City to Pay Some of Those Held at Jail over Tickets

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

City to Pay Some of Those Held at Jail over Tickets

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JENNINGS > City to pay some of those held at jail over tickets * The city of Jennings has agreed to pay $4.7 million to reimburse 2,000 people who were jailed for unpaid traffic tickets. But most of the people who are owed money have yet to fill out claims, say the lawyers who filed the class-action suit.

Jennings agreed in July to pay the sum to people who were jailed for unpaid court fines and fees between Feb. 8, 2010 and Sept. 16, 2015.

The amount to be paid to individuals is based on how many days they spent in jail, estimated to be $400 per day if all 2,000 people file a claim.

But with a Nov. 24 deadline looming to file a claim in the case, the lawyers in the class-action suit say only 20 percent of the members of the class-action suit have filed claims.

In a news conference on Monday, lawyers with the nonprofit law group ArchCity Defenders and St. …

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