Operation Fresh Start recalls more than 380 warrants, more than 160 driver’s licenses reinstated
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Posted by: Allison Newman
The Palm Beach Clerk & Comptroller’s office, along with several other justice partners, gave citizens a one-time opportunity to resolve their outstanding nonviolent misdemeanor or criminal traffic warrants on Saturday, April 30.
Operation Fresh Start collected nearly $20,000, recalled more than 380 warrants and reinstated/cleared 160 driver licenses during the event.
“On average, the cost of incarceration is $135 per day," said Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock. “Not only did this partnership save taxpayer money, it allowed people to move on with their lives without the fear of arrest.”
Before Saturday’s event, there were nearly 25,000 outstanding warrants in Palm Beach County. Eligible defendants were given the chance to voluntarily appear in court, avoid jail time and establish a payment plan for fines and costs.
“This initiative allowed us to resolve hundreds of open warrants in Palm Beach County,” said Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Jeffrey Colbath. “This event was such a success; we hope to replicate more initiatives like Operation Fresh Start in the future.”