311 for Cities: Best Practices in Collecting Bail Judgements

How To, Guide, or Manual National Resource Network August 15, 2015 Finance + Operation

In August 2015, a city leader submitted a question to the National Resource Network’s 311 for Cities feature about best practices pertaining to fine, fees and debt collection, with a specific focus on the feasibility of collecting bail judgements. The Network’s experts provided the attached response, highlighting a county and two states that have recently dealt with the issue; several reports with best practices; and suggestions for three options for bail judgement collections. Some of the best practices include taking a proactive approach to collection, making it easier for individuals to pay by adding online payment options or installing ATMs in the courthouse, and using databases to track delinquent individuals and bondsman.

311 for Cities launched with the Network in 2014 and – at its peak – was available to more than 600 cities around the country. Local government staff in these communities could submit a question on any challenge they were facing and the Network team would develop a written response highlighting recent research, relevant case studies and best practices. This is one of those responses. The Network no longer offers 311 for Cities, but please contact us at info@nationalresourcenetwork.org if you think we can be of help to your community.

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311 for Cities: Best Practices in Collecting Bail Judgements