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Hundreds of warrants cleared in 'Fresh Start' program

Jul 28, 2010 9:39:00 AM - thestate.com
Hundreds of people with eligible arrest warrants were cleared from the Richland County justice system through the Sheriff's Department's "Operation Fresh Start" program that wrapped up last week.

The program allowed anyone with outstanding traffic or magistrate level warrants to appear before a judge between July 21 and 23 to have their outstanding warrants adjudicated. Outcomes included paying restitution or fines in exchange for good standing in the courts.

Those who owed fines were offered a payment program through the court if necessary, the sheriff's department said.

Two hundred twelve people entered the program and walked away with their cases handled, the department said. Because some people faced multiple charges, a total of 373 warrants were cleared from the justice system, department spokeswoman Monique Mack said.