On May 17, 2019, the City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Kalamazoo County 8th District Court, Kalamazoo County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department, Friend of the Court, Michigan Works and First Congregation Church will host the 2nd Annual Amnesty Day at the 8th District Court. Citizens of the metro area of Kalamazoo will have the opportunity to address outstanding low-level nonviolent misdemeanor warrants and charges with the goal of preventing incarceration. The Friend of the Court however will not address outstanding warrants during the event but will be onsite to provide information about ways an individual may remedy their case and avoid incarceration.
Once participants have addressed their pending warrants and/or charges, they will be directed to Bronson Park where social service agencies and other organizations will be available to assist in addressing some of the participants’ quality of life issues. The Court and prosecutors cannot promise that every case will be completed that day, but in those cases that cannot be accommodated, participants will be provided with a future court date.
Additionally, open to the public, Michigan Works has volunteered to organize various employers looking to interview interested participants for potential employment opportunities.
Prescreening is from 1 pm- 5pm at First Congregational Church, located at 345 West Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Please use the main entrance on the Michigan Ave. (please do not park in the Church’s parking lot). Once individuals are screened, they will be directed to a courtroom at the Kalamazoo County 8th District Court located at 227 W. Michigan Ave. There participants’ warrants and criminal cases will be addressed by Court staff and prosecutors. Criminal defense attorneys will be available to offer counsel to participants throughout the entire process.
If you already have a scheduled arraignment, or other Court date, Amnesty Day is not for you. This day is for individuals that have outstanding low-level nonviolent misdemeanor warrants only.