Dozens of people show up to East St. Louis Amnesty Day

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by Brittany Noble/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 25 at 7:31 PM

(KMOV.com) -- East St. Louis’ campaign for 40 days of non-violence began Saturday with a clean slate Amnesty Day held at city hall.

Police and community organizations were behind the idea as to get everyone on the right track.

Dozens of people were in line before the doors opened up, ready to clear their names in the books of minor offenses.

According to Circuit Clerk Kahala Clay, nearly 40,000 outstanding warrants are out in the community and that’s why she worked with judges and authorities to help people in need.

“To make sure that people know we care,” said Clay, “We can all work together to reach a resolution to these issues. It’s just an opportunity to rest and hit the reset button.”

The Amnesty Day was the official kick-off of the 40 days on non-violence in East St. Louis in an effort to curb violence. Other events Saturday included workshops for children.

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