Large Turnout Expected For Amnesty Day

ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Thousands of St. Louis area residents with outstanding warrants are expected at the second day of the Better Family Life Amnesty Program.

According to organizers, the first day of this year`s event brought out about 2,000 people.  Wednesday was day 2 of 3.  In a press release James Clark, the Better Family Life Vice President of Community Outreach, said he expected numbers to eclipse those from 2011.  BFL served an estimated 14,000 people with warrants.

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.

Last year, one woman said she owed $1,200 in fines and court costs.  Her husband owed about $700.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley
3400 Pershall Road
Physical Education Building (south of the Administration Building)
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 11, 2012
St. Louis Community College – Forest Park
5600 Oakland Ave.
Gymnasium
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, call (314) 746-0760 or go to
http://www.betterfamilylife.org/events_amnesty.htm

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