St. Louis (KSDK) - The next opportunity for St. Louis-area residents to wipe the slate clean when it comes to outstanding misdemeanor warrants is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10, at The Ambassador, located at 9800 Halls Ferry Road.
Better Family Life is the non-profit community development corporation that arranged the process with area prosecutors. James Clark is Better Family Life Vice-President over Community Outreach.
Saturday, Better Family Life sponsored the first misdemeanor amnesty day at St. Louis Community College at Meramec. Hundreds of people turned out. Many of them saved hundreds of dollars.
At Amnesty Day people with outstanding misdemeanor bench warrants pay $10 for a voucher which they can then take to one of 45 area municipalities where prosecutors have agreed to participate in the program.
"Now, we're not talking about felonies," Clark said. "We're talking about misdemeanors. We're not talking about trafficking, we're talking about traffic."
Clark said Better Family Life is an organization that believes the family is the single most important unit that makes up society.
"We found these small misdemeanor warrants were huge obstacles in people's live as they tried to progress," he said. "I know people, personally... guys that I grew up with, who have been chronically unemployed for years, because they have multiple warrants in multiple municipalities."
Saturday at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, Clark repeated himself to several sessions on how the process worked.
"You will give the municipality $100 with the voucher. You do not give the municipality $100 per warrant."
Damon Brothers, of Maplewood, said he has $600 worth of tickets in Ferguson. So how much will he pay through the amnesty program?
"Probably $105," said Brothers. "That's what I'm hoping."
Randy Johnson, of St. Louis, has four bench warrants for offenses such as driving with a suspended license, and driving with no insurance. They total more than $400.
Johnson said, "Sometimes it's difficult with jobs, and it's difficult to be in society with a bench warrant."
Patricia Tipton, of St. Louis County, has two red light camera tickets, one for driving without a seatbelt, and one for driving with a suspended license.
"You don't have to hide from the law; you just take care of them. And I think it's wonderful."
The third and final amnesty day is scheduled for Saturday, August 13, in the gymnasium at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. The amnesty events run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m