Brooklyn DA offers chance to clear open summons warrants
Brooklyn residents have a chance to get their open summons warrants dismissed and start with a clean slate Saturday.
The Begin Again initiative gives hundreds a chance to clear up open summons warrants for low-level offenses like walking a dog without a leash.
Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is inviting people with outstanding summonses and bench warrants to come to Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant before 3 p.m. Saturday.
Those who are eligible will be ushered into a makeshift courtroom where a judge can resolve their outstanding warrant.
A spokesperson for the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office says it is a chance for people to clear their name and overcome a major obstacle to getting work or public housing.
The initiative also frees up valuable law enforcement resources, which already face a citywide backlog of 1.5 million open summons warrants.
More than 1,700 warrants have been cleared since the initiative started back in 2015.