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Do you owe fines to the City of Hope or Hempstead County? Would you like to reduce your fines by $250.00? Then please read this…

By Judge Tony Yocom, 08/25/21 8:28 PM

You can get up to $250.00 of your fines completely charged off. The Hempstead County District
Court is offering incentives for people who have been or get fully vaccinated against the Covid-19
virus. This virus is causing so many deaths and permanent damage to so many people, and we are
weary of reading the Obituaries about our friends and family members who have died as a result of this
disease. So many Arkansans remain unvaccinated. Arkansas has the fourth-highest number of new
cases per 100,000 people in the United States, and only 21% of Hempstead County residents are
vaccinated, which makes us second from the bottom. This has created a dangerous and scary situation.
There is so much false and misleading information on the internet about the vaccination, and
too many people are only paying attention to this information to make their decision not to get
vaccinated. Please read this excellent information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) about the
myths and misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccination here:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html. Also read information from the
Arkansas Department of Health about Covid-19 in Arkansas here:
https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus. We encourage you to
get vaccinated as soon as possible. The vaccination is completely free to all people. Call your pharmacy
or Hempstead County Health Unit to get an appointment to get your vaccination now.
As an incentive to get the vaccination, if you currently owe fines to the City of Hope or to
Hempstead County, we will charge off $250.00 of your fines if you show us proof that you have been
fully vaccinated (received both of the Moderna or Pfizer shot, or the single Johnson & Johnson shot).
Or, if you have received a Citation and will be coming to Court or wish to pay your fine before your
Court date, call the Court Clerk’s office at (870)777-7813 for information about what you need to do to
get this incentive. When you have sent your proof of having been vaccinated to the Clerk’s office, we
will write off one half of your potential fines up to $250.00.
In order to receive this incentive, you can do one of these things:
(a) Take a picture of your vaccination card with your cellphone and email it to
sherri@hopedistrictcourt.com or kelly@hopedistrictcourt.com. Include your full name as it appears on
your driver’s license, along with your telephone number and date of birth, in the email.
(b) Take your vaccination card to the Hempstead County District Court’s office, which is
located on the third floor of the Hempstead County Courthouse, and show it to one the Clerks.
(c) Fax a copy of your vaccination card to (870)777-7830. Include your full name as it
appears on your driver’s license, along with your telephone number and date of birth, in the fax.
(d) Mail a copy of your vaccination card to Hempstead County District Court, P. O. Box
1420, Hope, AR 71801, along with your full name as it appears on your driver’s license, your telephone
number and date of birth.
This incentive will begin immediately and will continue indefinitely while Covid-19 remains a
problem and so many of our Hempstead County residents remain unvaccinated. If you have questions
about this incentive program, call the Hempstead County District Court at (870)777-7813. Please get
vaccinated and help save your life and the lives of your loved ones!