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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, 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.

St. Louis City Hall
Richie Diesterheft | Flickr

No one is quite sure when St. Louis began charging $35 to cancel a municipal court warrant. But a deal reached on Monday between the city and thousands of defendants who paid the fee over a seven-year period means it will never be charged again.

James Clark of Better Family Life explains the warrant amnesty voucher process to a group of people wanting to clear their outstanding warrants on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

A St. Louis non-profit dedicated to supporting African-American families is holding its annual warrant amnesty project this week.  

Better Family Life has made arrangements with more than 50 area municipalities to clear outstanding warrants for traffic and misdemeanor charges. St. Louis County warrants for outstanding child support can also be cleared.

Calverton Park Holds Amnesty Court, But Few Show Up

Nov 2, 2014
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The Village of Calverton Park, tucked between Florissant and Ferguson in north St. Louis County, is now among area municipalities that have held amnesty courts. But very few people took advantage of the opportunity this weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, people could come into Calverton Park’s Municipal Court and clear the village’s outstanding warrants for their arrests. Warrants issued for traffic violations were recalled at no cost, and warrants for crimes such as DWI’s were recalled for a bond of $100.

However, only 8 or 9 people had shown up by noon on Sunday.

Ill. Plan Would Allow Police To Obtain Warrants Via Video Chat

Apr 1, 2013
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Illinois lawmakers are considering a plan that would make it easier for police to get search warrants. A  proposal in the state legislature would allow police and judges to talk over an online video chat.  Currently most warrants have to be obtained in person.