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The city of Jennings is making changes to its municipal courts to keep people out of jail for court debts stemming from minor infractions. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the city agreed this year to pay $4.7 million in a class-action civil rights lawsuit filed by nonprofit law group ArchCity Defenders.

The city is now sending cases with uncollected court debt to collection agencies, rather than arresting people.

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Hundreds of people who were illegally jailed in a St. Louis suburb are eligible to share in a lawsuit settlement, but with the deadline approaching, most of them have not come forward.

Officials with the non-profit law firm ArchCity Defenders and other advocates for minorities and the poor said at a news conference Monday that only about 400 of the roughly 2,000 people eligible have filed a claim in the settlement with Jennings, Missouri. The deadline is Nov. 24.