LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Thanks to a new online government service, paying monthly supervision, drug court, or restitution fees is now much easier for offenders supervised by the Department of Community Correction. The Arkansas Department of Community Correction is now offering online credit card payments to an offender’s account. This fast, easy, and secure service is available through the state’s official Web site at http://www.arkansas.gov.
“This service will also create efficiencies for our agency by reducing staff time spent manually processing paper money orders sent by mail.”
Before this service was introduced, offenders who owed fees for supervision, drug court, or restitution had to mail in a payment coupon along with a cashier’s check or money order to the Department of Community Correction. With the new service, the more than 45,000 eligible offenders can pay their fees electronically with a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit card, which is processed through Arkansas.gov’s secure payment engine. A $25 minimum payment is required and a modest service fee will be applied.
“We are very pleased to offer the convenience of online fee payments with a credit card as an option for community correction offenders,” said G. David Guntharp, Director of the Arkansas Department of Community Correction. “This service will also create efficiencies for our agency by reducing staff time spent manually processing paper money orders sent by mail.”
To make a deposit, the credit card holder can visit either the state’s Web site (http://www.arkansas.gov) or the DCC Web site (http://www.dcc.arkansas.gov). Using the DCC Personal ID number or by using the offender search capabilities, users will be prompted to enter the payment amount and credit card information.
In 2009, more than $500 million in state and local government payments were securely processed through the system for a variety of services including inmate trust account deposits, child support payments, business filings, state tax filings and county property tax payments.
Arkansas.gov is the official Web site of the state of Arkansas (http://www.arkansas.gov) and a service of the Information Network of Arkansas. The Information Network of Arkansas is a collaborative effort between the state of Arkansas and Arkansas Information Consortium that helps state government entities Web-enable their information services. Arkansas Information Consortium is a Little Rock-based subsidiary of the eGovernment firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV).
NIC is the nation’s leading provider of official government Web sites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,000 federal, state, and local agencies that serve 97 million people in the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.nicusa.com.