Thousands take advantage of misdemeanor amnesty program

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WEST ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The St. Louis Metropolitan area Amnesty Project had a lot of people lining up Saturday to emerge from living a sort of life in the shadows. Everyone in attendance faced arrest if they're pulled over. They have warrants, but these are not killers and thieves. Misdemeanors are what they deal with. In fact, most of the warrants were issued for the same reason: traffic tickets.

Unpaid fines and missed court dates caught up with them, and this provides a way out. They get a slip showing they attended the seminar and pay $100 up front toward whatever fines they owe. The warrant is lifted and they get a new court date. That, in turn, will allow them to take care of their issues.

Somewhere between 3,000-5,000 people are taking advantage of this program in the area.

The program at St. Louis Community College allowed individuals to resolve outstanding warrants with more than 33 city and county municipalities.

The Amnesty Project is part of Better Family Life’s annual Family Week.

A Child Support Warrant Relief program will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17; Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Saturday, Aug. 31, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Better Family Life Cultural Business and Education Center, 5415 Page Blvd.

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