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Warrant Forgiveness Days to reduce arrests, boost vaccinations

ST. LOUIS – A double dose of freedom from arrest on outstanding warrants and from COVID-19 is being offered this week at the city’s fourth Warrant Forgiveness Days.

The Municipal Courts, Circuit Court and Circuit Attorney’s office are hosting the event. The Circuit Court program will be Friday at the court building, 10 N. Tucker Boulevard; the Municipal Court program is both Friday and Saturday at its office in Suite 1120 of 1520 Market Street. Both events will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants should bring a valid photo ID, phone, and provide a valid email address, if they have one.

Other services and family-friendly activities will be offered, too, including food trucks and help applying for rental assistance. 

Warrant forgiveness lets people come in without fear of arrest and set a new court date or handle their charges on the spot. Also, this year people who come in can get vaccinations to protect themselves and their families from the COVID-19 coronavirus. For those who are already vaccinated, the Municipal Courts will cancel up to $100 of outstanding fine balances upon proof of full vaccination.

“These events will help participants get right with the law and get right with their health.” Mayor Tishaura Jones said in a statement.

Outstanding warrants for nonviolent offenses create barriers for people in many ways including getting a job. There are about 138,000 warrants on the Municipal Court’s docket and 2,000 on the Circuit Court’s.

All Municipal Court warrants are eligible for warrant forgiveness. People who have warrants before the Circuit Court should call 314-641-8214 to verify if they are eligible.

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