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STLCC Partners with Better Family Life for Amnesty Project

July 18, 2013

For the third straight year, St. Louis Community College is teaming with Better Family Life Inc. to offer St. Louisans with misdemeanor warrants an opportunity to move past these issues through the 2013 St. Louis Metropolitan Area Amnesty Project.

The Amnesty Project was established in 2002 as a one-day event to help citizens clear their records of outstanding traffic-related warrants. The program has expanded to include all misdemeanor warrants, and this year, for the first time, outstanding child support cases. However, the child support warrant relief hours will take place only at the Better Family Life Cultural Business and Education Center.

The program at STLCC will be conducted over three days, and allow individuals to resolve outstanding warrants with more than 33 city and county municipalities at three campuses from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Student Center at the Meramec campus, 11333 Big Bend Road.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 7, in the gymnasium at the Florissant Valley campus, 3400 Pershall Road.
  • Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts at the Forest Park campus, 5600 Oakland Ave.

The Amnesty Project provides participants the chance to resolve situations that may be preventing them from getting or keeping a job or moving ahead in their lives and thus, build more productive futures for themselves and their families.

Participants will be assessed a $10 processing fee to cover all warrant vouchers. STLCC representatives also will be on hand to discuss educational opportunities available to participants.

“We’re very excited about this program. Everyone deserves a second chance,” said Aaron Jimenez, police chief of St. Ann, who also represented  the North County Police Chiefs Association.

The Amnesty Project is part of Better Family Life’s annual Family Week. Their goal is “Back to the Basics – Faith, Family and Neighborhood.”

“We believe that the family is the single-most important unit that makes up society, and we are dedicated to finding internal solutions to the ills, to the obstacles and conditions that plague our neighborhoods,” said James Clark, Better Family Life’s vice president of community outreach. “We are dedicated to changing families through empowering individuals.”

The Child Support Warrant Relief program will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17; Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Saturday, Aug. 31, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Better Family Life Cultural Business and Education Center, 5415 Page Blvd.

For more information, visit www.betterfamilylife.org or call 314-381-8200.

 Amnesty Day Press Conference for web

Those attending the press conference July 18 were, seated from left: Ginny Lorton, court administrator for Hazelwood; Shirlyn Myles, community liaison for the Missouri Department of Transportation; Betty Thompson of the Tyrone Thompson Institute for Non-Violence; and Joyce Kelley, St. Louis County associate counselor. Back row, from left: DeLancey Smith, STLCC director of public information and marketing; Aaron Jimenez, St. Ann police chief; James Clark of Better Family Life; Steve Harmon, St. Louis County attorney; Lt. Col. Ken Cox, commanding officer of criminal investigation in St. Louis County; Tom Shepard, chief of staff for Lewis Reed, St. Louis Board of Alderman president; and Roderick Nunn, STLCC vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions. Absent for the photo was St. Louis Police Captain Ronnie Robinson.