ALTON — Police say a preliminary figure of 358 cases was addressed at Saturday’s Amnesty Day, in which participants could get Alton warrant cases quashed or reset to avoid arrest.
According to an email from Pfc. Emily Hejna, the Alton Police Department's public information officer, 40 to 45 people were turned away because they did not have active warrants for their arrest. That was an increase from 2013, Alton's previous Amnesty Day, when 243 cases were addressed and 25 people were turned away after a warrant check.
On site were Alton Police Chief Jason "Jake" Simmons and other officers, Madison County Judge Kyle Napp, four assistant state’s attorneys, Alton city attorney Megan Williams and five court clerks.
People with misdemeanor, traffic or ordinance violation warrants originating in Alton were able to receive a new court date, speak with a prosecutor about the charges or make arrangements to pay outstanding fees.