Baker Amnesty Program
BAKER- City officials in Baker are urging you to pay your fines or you could find yourself behind bars.
The Baker Police Department, is giving people with outstanding bench warrants until the end of the month to pay up before being locked up.
It's part of an amnesty program.
If those warrants aren't paid by then, starting next month, BPD will start making arrests.
"You're going to go to jail, you're going to have to pay a bond, you're still going to have to pay all your other fees, but it's going to cost you a lot more misery," said Baker Police Chief, Mike Knaps.
This is part of an effort to clear more than 6,000 bench warrants out of the Baker legal system.
"Warrants are nothing to play with. It's a very serious nature. You need to clear it, even if it's a misdemeanor, it doesn't matter," said Chief Knaps.
Some of the warrants date back at far as 10 years.
"everyday the officers are writing citations and folks are given court dates and when they miss those court dates, it adds up. Over a course of time, thousands of tickets other citations are being dealt with each year. This is a circulation of several years," says Judge Kirk Williams.
Call the Baker City Court to find out if you have an outstanding fine.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Police: Man hurt in shooting on Washington Avenue
INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Brusly Officer resigns after waving gun in air, shouting profanities
Lawmakers debate banning Louisiana's death penalty
Flood victim burglarized multiple times since August flood
EBR Mayor-President takes blame for bad CAO hire