St. Louis metro area amnesty program kicks off in few weeks

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– St. Louis area residents have the opportunity to clean their records at dozens of municipalities.

A number of officials from various municipalities, joined St. Louis police in north St. Louis Thursday morning to talk about the St. Louis Metropolitan Area Amnesty Project 2013.

Last year around 10,000 showed up for the different amnesty days, some comparing it to a reality show casting call.  The program lets those with misdemeanor warrants, such as traffic or parking tickets, to pay without the threat of arrest.   For the first time the program has been expanded to include felony warrants, specifically nonpayment of child support.  Those participating in the program. meet with court officers from several Missouri courts and are given a voucher and a new court date. The tickets and fees still have to be paid but their warrants are lifted.

“For an individual to be able to get a clean slate at this time and day when they’re faced with all types of issues where they can’t afford to pay for a traffic ticket or child support.  And getting to the age where they trying to mature and be more responsible, this program offers them that opportunity to get back on the right track,” said Major Ronnie Robinson with the St. Louis Police Department.

There are several dates and locations.   For Misdemeanor’s only the dates are: August 3rd, St. Louis Community College Meramec; August 7, St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley; and August 19, St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.   All of them are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For Felony warrants for child support the dates are: August 17, August 21, August 31 all at Better Family Life Cultural, Education Center.   Also from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Those who attend will need to bring $10 with them for the processing fee to cover all warrant vouchers.

To find out which municipalities are participating click on to www.betterfamilylife.org