No incarceration for justice debt
Mississippi has eliminated incarceration as a penalty for justice debt if a judge finds that the individual was unable to pay. Individuals can still be incarcerated for willful nonpayment after an individualized finding by a judge.
Judges and municipalities have the ability to reduce fines, but there’s no statutory guidelines to make fines proportional to an individual’s ability to pay.
Judges and municipalities have the ability to set up payment plans for individuals, in their discretion.
Judges and municipalities have the ability to accept community service as an alternative to payment, but state law doesn’t establish any standards for this or other alternative means of payment.
32. IJ 50 State Survey: https://ij.org/report/fines-and-fees-home#findings https://finesandfeesjusticecenter.org/articles/first-steps-toward-equitable-fines-and-fees-practices-policy-guidance-on-ability-to-pay-assessments-payment-plans-and-community-service/