Hundreds get misdemeanors resolved at Houston event
HOUSTON (AP) — More than 1,200 people have shown up to resolve open arrest warrants for low-level misdemeanor crimes in a program operated by Harris County prosecutors, public defenders and community agencies and volunteer attorneys.
The program called “Make It Right!” allows those named in the warrants to get their cases addressed with no immediate financial cost and no risk of arrest.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg says while people should be held accountable, those involved in the criminal justice system also need to use resources for the most important types of crimes. Most people were at the Saturday event to resolve traffic tickets.
One woman, Keola Williams, tells the Houston Chronicle she feared being arrested at a routine traffic stop and felt like a weight had been lifted from her shoulders.
Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com