An amnesty program is currently underway in Philadelphia allowing citizens to pay old fines without fear of being arrested or detained.

Mayor James Young hopes the program will allow the city to collect an estimated $5.8 million in old fines. The amnesty period is from March 1 to April 30, he said.

“We want to give people a chance to come in and make arrangements to pay off their fine in full or agree on a payment plus a payment plan approved by the clerk in order to have their current warrant nullified,” Young said. “Again, during this time frame, from March to April, fines can be paid and Contempt of Court charges will be dismissed.”

Mississippi state law says a person convicted of a Contempt of Court violation faces up to six months in jail and/or a fine of $1,000. By participating in the amnesty program, an individual can avoid those additional penalties and charges.

Individuals with active warrants or those wanting to find out if one exists may call the Municipal Court Clerk at 601.650.3584. The office, located inside City Hall, is open from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Payments can be made in person via cash or money order.

To pay by credit or debit card, citizens are encouraged to log on to www.philadelphiamstix.com or call 877-793-7925.