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). 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, 2018, from 1p.m.-5p.m. The court will close its doors at 6:00 p.m. Citizens of Kalamazoo will have the opportunity to address outstanding low-level nonviolent misdemeanor warrants and charges with the goal of preventing incarceration. 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. 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 a future court date.
Additionally, Michigan Works has volunteered to organize various employers looking to interview interested participants for potential employment opportunities.
For prescreening at First Congregational Church, please use the main entrance on the Michigan Ave., the rear entrance is currently under construction. 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. Criminal defense attorneys will be available to offer counsel to participants throughout the entire process.
Authority: Vernon Coakley, Assistant Chief
Date: September 4, 2018
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Assistant Chief Vernon Coakley, 269 337-8270