FERGUSON, MO. (KPLR) – Wednesday the Better Family Life Amnesty Program was attended by 6,000 people, looking for help with St. Louis area courts, to lift warrants for arrest and to pay off traffic violations. The crowd was so large, that some compared it to a reality show casting call.
Over 50 area municipalities participated in this year’s amnesty program.
The amnesty program was offered to let those with non-violent warrants, such as traffic or parking tickets, pay without the threat of arrest. Clients were invited to come to the program, meet with court officers from several Missouri courts and given a voucher and a new court date. The tickets and fees still had to be paid. But when clients went to each jurisdiction with their voucher, the warrants were lifted.
According to organizers, the first day of this year`s event brought out about 2,000 people. Wednesday was day 2 of 3. James Clark, the Better Family Life Vice President of Community Outreach; said he expected numbers to eclipse those from 2011, serving an estimated 14,000 people with warrants.
The next amnesty program date will be held at Forest Park Community College, on Saturday, August 11th:
Saturday, August 11, 2012
St. Louis Community College – Forest Park
5600 Oakland Ave.
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, call (314) 746-0760 or go to http://www.betterfamilylife.org/events_amnesty.htm