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St. Louis to clear nonviolent offense warrants

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

 ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis officials say the city's municipal court will begin automatically clearing outstanding warrants for nonviolent ordinance violations.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports ( ) the program will allow offenders to reset their court dates without a fee if they act by the year's end. The mayor's chief of staff says about 220,000 outstanding warrants issued before October in St. Louis will be forgiven.
   He says the idea for the program came from conversations about protests over Michael Brown's fatal shooting in Ferguson, where many advocates of the poor had complained some residents are burdened by court fines.
   He also stressed the amnesty wouldn't apply to state crimes or drunken driving offenses.
   The program is separate from another city amnesty initiative that allowed offenders to clear warrants for a $35 fee.
   Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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