Program Provides Amnesty for Misdemeanor Crimes

6 years 4 months 1 week ago Friday, August 05 2011 Aug 5, 2011 Friday, August 05, 2011 3:44:00 AM CDT August 05, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) - People with outstanding warrants for misdemeanor crimes in much of the St. Louis region have a chance at a reprieve.

KTVI-TV reports that an amnesty program in the region has grown in popularity. It started in the city and has spread to St. Louis and St. Charles counties.

On three upcoming days, people with misdemeanor crimes can show up at designated spots without fear of being arrested, pay a $10 processing fee, then go to court and put up $100 to lift the warrant. Without amnesty, they could face high fines and even jail time.

Organizers say that last year, nearly 14,000 active warrants were closed.

The first amnesty event is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Louis Community College's Meramec campus in Kirkwood.

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