August 18, 2015

Police crackdown and offer of amnesty help child support collections

Often, we wonder if our actions make a difference. In June, the Mountain Advocate published an article about individuals neglecting to pay child support. In a collaborative effort between the Knox County Sheriff’s office, Barbourville Police Department, and Knox County Constables Carl Bolton and Reed Murphy, eight individuals were arrested in one day and charged with non-support. Although this had a positive impact on the lives of the families of the eight charged, law enforcement says there is still a lot of work to be done.

“There have been several people who had warrants that have called, come in or made arrangements to make payments since the last story,” said Knox County Attorney Gilbert Holland. “It’s actually been a pretty good response.”

On June 18, the day of the roundup, there were 177 bench warrants issued for non-supporters. Since then Holland says that number has decreased to around 150.

“The main goal is to get them back on track,” explained Holland, “Their bond is not set at an outrageous number, it’s usually around $500, but that gets them in, gets rid of the warrant against them, and gets them on a schedule for review.”

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