Local residents take advantage of warrant clearing program

 

More than 300 Santa Clara County residents were able to spend
the holidays at home instead of behind bars after receiving new
court dates through the 2009 Operation Second Chance.
More than 300 Santa Clara County residents were able to spend the holidays at home instead of behind bars after receiving new court dates through the 2009 Operation Second Chance.

The annual program coordinated by the Sheriff’s Office allows people accused of nonviolent misdemeanors with warrants out for their arrests to receive a new court date, according to Sgt. Rick Sung. Without Operation Second Chance, these suspects risked being incarcerated.

This year, 327 people participated in the program. That number is down from last year’s count of 553 suspects, but the program is a boon for everyone involved.

“These folks were able to spend quality time with their kids and loved ones during the holiday season, and law enforcement agencies were able to save costs associated with arrests, processing, booking, and housing inmates, which can be used on other areas to benefit county residents,” Sung said.

In the last five years, nearly 1,800 people took advantage of the Operation Second Chance program in Santa Clara County. The Sheriff’s Office will continue the program in 2010.

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