The Amnesty Period does not dismiss any charges. However, it does provide an opportunity for anyone with outstanding warrants in Trigg County courts to turn themselves in at the police department and be released with a court date without having to go to jail or post a bond. The person can then work with the judge, prosecutor and their attorney to get the matter resolved quickly.
As of April 15, 2014, there were 581 active warrants and summonses in the state E-warrant system out of Trigg County. Nearly 75 percent of these warrants are for people who failed to show up for court or failed to pay their court fine.
“We are hoping that people will take advantage of this opportunity to show up and get these outstanding warrants taken care of,” said Cadiz Police Chief Chad Grace.
Nearly 40 percent of the active warrants are for people who failed to pay court fines totaling over $81,000. Some of these warrants date back to the 1990s. The amounts range from $30 to $1,661.
“A lot of people we arrest on outstanding warrants tell us they knew they had a warrant but didn’t want to lose their job or go to jail so they just didn’t show up for court,” said Sgt. Scott Brown, one of the officers overseeing the program. “Others have told us they were never contacted by the court because they moved, and didn’t provide a forwarding address.”
In addition, there are 22 outstanding warrants for failure to pay child support totaling $180,376, or an average of $8,198 per child.
“We have been working with the county attorney to get these parents into court and take care of their responsibility. We are hoping these parents use this tool they are being given and reach out to take care of their obligation,” Sgt. Brown said.
The Amnesty Period has the support of local judges, prosecutors, and the Trigg County circuit court clerk.
“We have talked with each judge and prosecutor, and all of them are on board with this initiative. We want this to be a way to clear the backlog of court cases and reduce the number of active warrants while at the same time allow the citizens a chance to honor their civic duty and complete the legal process,” Sgt. Brown said.
A list of those persons with active warrants and summonses will appear on the Cadiz Police Department web page April 21. A list will also appear in The Cadiz Record newspaper April 23. Those people who have an active paper are asked to come to the Cadiz Police Department (11 Marion Street) between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 23 - 25 to be served their court paper.
“This is the first time this has been attempted in Trigg County. If this program is successful, we will look at a future date to try this again,” said Chief Grace.For more information contact Sgt. Scott Brown Cadiz Police Department (270) 522-8369 (office).
Information provided by Cadiz Police Department
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