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Since 1983, Better Family Life, Inc. (BFL) has focused on creating projects that improve the quality of life for all St. Louis citizens. We see St. Louis coming together as never before, and we’re excited to host the 2018 St. Louis Metropolitan Area Amnesty and Legal Expo. BFL has sponsored this event since 2000, assisting thousands to re-engage municipal courts. Going forward, this innovative program will bear the name of one of its staunchest supporters and community heroes: Joyce Kelley (Riggio). As a Counselor/Prosecutor since 1991, Joyce accomplished much in her life of public service. She passed suddenly in July 2017.
This successful outreach program is being held August 11th, August 15th, and August 18th at the St. Louis Community Colleges (see schedule below). The St. Louis Metropolitan Area Amnesty Program is in cooperation with 65plus St. Louis County municipalities and will offer citizens the opportunity to address child support and most misdemeanor warrants.The underlying offenses are not "forgiven", rather clients will receive new court dates. This is a fresh start and a relief from the greatly escalated penalties and fear of arrest which carries its own consequences. James Clark, Vice President of Community Outreach, describes the amnesty program as a means "to provide citizens with a non-threatening way to engage with the courts without fear of being arrested".
People with outstanding warrants from participating jurisdictions can receive vouchers for new court dates by attending one of the three events: · Saturday, August 11th at STLCC-Meramec, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. · Wednesday, August 15th at STLCC-Florissant Valley, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. · Saturday, August 18th at STLCC-Forest Park, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.Individuals are then required to visit the municipalities that issued their warrants, receive a new court date, attend their new court date, and pay whatever fines and fees the court mandates in order to avoid the issuance of a new warrant.
Amnesty programs clear court dockets and jail cells. They improve civilian-criminal justice relations and provide a fuller understanding of citizens’ civil rights.