g:i ag:i aMisdemeanor Warrant Forgiveness Day at Sabathani Community Center


Event Details

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, Hennepin County will hold a Misdemeanor Warrant Forgiveness Day for individuals with non-violent misdemeanor active arrest warrants such as various traffic violations, disorderly conduct and petty theft that occurred in Hennepin County.  Judges, prosecutors and public defenders will be present to help resolve these warrants.  There are nearly 10,000 pending warrants eligible to be resolved at this event.

Assistant Chief Judge and Criminal Presiding Judge Toddrick Barnette explained, “This event is a collaboration of Hennepin criminal justice partners and community organizations.  The event in conjunction with other criminal justice initiatives are making changes to lessen the social and personal impact on individuals who don’t pose a public safety risk, but missed a court date for a low level misdemeanor offense.  It cost about $132 a day to keep someone at the jail.  We know that being detained in jail can have a negative impact on childcare, housing and employment.  This event will save taxpayers money by allowing people who pose no risk to public safety to clear a warrant without being detained.  I think taxpayers and participates in this event will appreciate the partnership between the community and the criminal justice partners.”


Saturday, May 20, 2017

9:30 a.m.         Media Conference

Welcome         Chief Judge Ivy S. Bernhardson

Speakers         Assistant Chief Judge Toddrick Barnette

Mayor Betsy Hodges

Commissioner Peter McLaughlin
10:00 a.m.       Event starts

Register online or walk-in
4:00 p.m.         Event ends


Sabathani Community Center

310 E 38th Street

Minneapolis, MN


Sponsored by Hennepin County District Court in collaboration with ACLU of Minnesota, Driver Diversion Program/Diversion Solutions, Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office, Hennepin Suburban Prosecutors Group, Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office, MN DPS:  Driver and Vehicle Services Division, NAACP of Minneapolis, Sabathani Community Center, United Way

This event is only for individuals with misdemeanor warrants in Hennepin County.  It does not include felonies, DWIs, domestic assaults or juvenile cases.


Media with cameras are welcome to attend.

For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.mncourts.gov/Find-Courts/Hennepin/Warrant-Forgiveness-Day.aspx.



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