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250,000 with outstanding warrants get 2nd chance in Brooklyn
NEW YORK -- Hundreds of thousands of people with outstanding warrants will get a chance for a second start in Brooklyn Friday.
Authorities will set up a court inside St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in East Flatbush for August 2013's Project Safe Surrender.
There are about 250,000 outstanding warrants in Brooklyn for charges like littering and marijuana possession.
The Safe Surrender makes it easier for residents to resolve outstanding warrants and summonses in order to get jobs and drivers' licenses, and to avoid jail time.
The goal is to help these individuals re-enter the mainstream by connecting them with vital social services including housing, employment, job training and education.
At Safe Surrender, a court is set up in the church building with a judge, court officers and clerks. Clergy, pastors, lay members and defense attorneys from the Legal Aid Society and Brooklyn Defender Services will also be present.
District Attorney Charles Hynes will be on hand for the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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