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Warrant Amnesty

Judge Newton McCoy is an administrative judge with the St. Louis Municipal Court.

St. Louis’ Municipal Court is hosting a warrant amnesty program Feb. 24-27. It’s an opportunity for people with outstanding bench warrants — excluding DUIs, leaving the scene of an accident and prostitution — to be able to pay their original fines and costs without penalty.

There are nearly 119,000 outstanding warrants in the city of St. Louis, meaning thousands of people are at risk of going to jail.

During the three-day amnesty period, participants can resolve warrants at the City Municipal Court and reschedule a court date for free.
Rici Hoffarth | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis City Municipal Court is working to chip away at the tens of thousands of outstanding arrest warrants in its system.

The court will once again host its Warrant Amnesty Program this week, where participants can resolve outstanding warrants without fear of arrest. The free program encompasses most city-ordinance violations, except D.U.I., leaving the scene of an accident and charges related to prostitution.

James Clark, of Better Family Life
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

James Clark, vice president of community outreach at Better Family Life, has received national recognition for his efforts in reducing violent crime. Clark was one of 16 people to receive a Project Safe Neighborhood award this month from acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. The award was for outstanding community involvement, for the organization’s gun violence de-escalation program.

James Clark, vice president of community outreach at Better Family Life, addresses a crowd of people who have just received amnesty vouchers. He recommends keeping the vouchers on them at all times until the warrant is dismissed. August 15, 2018.
Kae Petrin | St. Louis Public Radio

People with misdemeanor warrants in St. Louis-area municipalities have a chance to get them dismissed Wednesday and Saturday this week.

Better Family Life’s warrant-amnesty program lets people pay a $10 processing fee to receive a $100 voucher that helps dismiss warrants for nonviolent offenses such as traffic violations or child-support delinquency, and other misdemeanor crimes.