Sarah McKenzie

Get-tough initiative gets more public urinators to pay up

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Program includes collection-agent threat

A Downtown pilot project designed to crack down on so-called "nuisance" crimes such as public urination and begging is resolving more cases than the old system, according to a recent City Attorney progress report.

Police now issue civil fines to "nuisance" offenders instead of criminal tags. The new system allows the city to use a collection agency or call an offender into conciliation court if he or she fails to answer the ticket.

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