The City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Kalamazoo County 8th District Court, Kalamazoo County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department will host an Amnesty Day at the 8th District Court (227 W. Michigan Ave) on Friday, September 14.
Citizens of Kalamazoo will have the opportunity to address outstanding, low-level, non-violent misdemeanor warrants and charges with the goal of preventing incarceration. Criminal defense attorneys will be available to offer counsel to participants throughout the entire process.
Once participants have addressed their pending warrants and/or charges they will be directed to Bronson Park where social services agencies and other organizations will be available to assist in addressing some of the participants’ quality of life issues. Additionally, Michigan Works has volunteered to organize various employers looking to interview interested participants for potential employment opportunities.
Rev. Nathan Dannison, of the First Congregational Church (located at 345 West Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo, MI. 49007) has donated space in his church for sanctuary and court prescreening on September 14 from 1 - 5 p.m. The court will close its doors at 6:00 p.m. The court and prosecutors cannot guarantee that every case will be completed that day, but cases that cannot be accommodated will be scheduled for a future court date.
For prescreening at First Congregational Church, please use the main entrance on the Michigan Ave., the rear entrance is currently under construction.
Individuals that have a scheduled arraignment or other court date are not eligible for this this program. This day is for individuals that have outstanding low-level nonviolent misdemeanor warrants only.
Contact: Assistant Chief Vernon Coakley, 269 337-8270