Arab City Court holds ‘Amnesty Day’

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ARAB, Ala. – There’s a list of more than 1,500 people with outstanding warrants in Arab and the city’s court is giving them a chance to come clean Monday without penalty.

April 25 is declared ‘Amnesty Day’ in Arab City Court.

“Basically we’re allowing people  to come in, take care of their warrants, and be able to leave, essentially,” Assistant Police Chief Shane Washburn said. “You’ll do a little bit of paperwork but you won’t be actually arrested or put into a jail cell.”

Those who have an outstanding misdemeanor warrant in Arab will be given a chance on that day to voluntarily appear in court to start the process of resolving their situation without getting arrested. “Just come before a judge and he’ll sit down with you and discuss how to take care of the warrant, and that’s it,” Washburn explained.

The city has a list of more than 1,500 people with outstanding warrants that apply to this situation. Officers go out each day to find these people, but it’s a monumental task. “Unfortunately we have so many warrants it’s hard for us to catch up, even going out every day,” Washburn said, “So we’re going to try to eliminate some of these and that way it will help lower our case load.”

The Arab City Court amnesty day will be Monday, April 25  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You can  call (256) 586-3540 for more information.

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