A get-out-of-jail-free card? Not exactly.
The City of Houston is offering citizens a chance to stay out of jail at a discounted price.
Houston’s Municipal Courts Department announced that its amnesty program, which provides discounts for certain cases that were deliquent prior to Feb. 1, began Friday morning and ends April 6 at midnight. Any defendant who voluntarily appears at a municipal court location during the amnesty period will be allowed to resolve eligle deliquent cases, including failure to appear cases, and will not be subject to arrest.
“Put the past behind you and start fresh,” Judge J. Elaine Marshall said in a news release. “And if you have questions, please call us — we are here to help.”
The amnesty program does not apply to defendants who are in custody or have previously adjudicated cases, parking citations, administrative violations, bond forfeitures or civil cases. They may take advantage of the program by phone, United States mail or in person.
For questions about the program and whether specific cases are eligible, call the Houston Helpline at 311 or 713-837-0311.