ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Anyone facing arrest because of warrants for traffic violations, back child support or some misdemeanors will have an opportunity to clear up those issues without facing arrest.
Without a clean police record it is difficult to rent an apartment, get a job or even purchase day care.
The annual Better Family Life “St. Louis Metropolitan Area Amnesty Project” is scheduled for early August. Three sessions, one at each of the three St. Louis Community College campuses, will give thousands a chance to get a voucher they can take to city, municipal or county courts in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County.
James Clark of Better Family Life says the program gives people a “non-threatening way to re-engage the courts without the fear of being arrested and having to post bond. Clark points to past success stories from previous years. “We have individuals who are now able to become gainfully employed,” Clark explained because they cleared up small infractions of the law.
The vouchers cost $10 for processing. Offenders will need to take the voucher and one hundred dollars bond to the court to secure a new court date. Frequently the one hundred dollars will cover the fines and court costs for numerous violations.
But Clark reminds participants, “Citizens are responsible for all fines, all court costs and all other things that came in with that initial traffic warrant or that misdemeanor warrant.”
St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez is a strong supporter of the program. “For us it clears a lot of our cases…keeps manpower on the street not having to pull people over just for warrants and arresting them for a small little warrant for a traffic offense.”
For more information about the program call 314-381-8200.
The dates are:
- Saturday, Aug. 2 at St. Louis Community College at Meramec
- Wednesday, Aug. 6 at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley;
- Saturday, Aug. 9 at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.
- Each session will run from 7 am to 7 pm.