BED-STUY - Judges across the borough are dismissing summonses and open warrants for minor offenses this weekend.
The initiative, called Project Safe Surrender, applies to "C" class offenses, such as littering, riding a bicycle on the sidewalk or consuming alcohol in public. Officials say there are more than 500,000 open warrants in Brooklyn alone, and if arrested, violators must deal with the legal system as would anybody else arrested for a crime. The city sent out 2,500 letters to people with outstanding summonses, informing them of the program. Others say they found out through word-of-mouth.
Organizers say they plan on holding sessions like these twice a year. For now, judges will be dismissing warrants from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Saturday.