'Day of amnesty' gives Dallas Co. teens a chance to get back on track

Dallas County Juvenile Judge Cheryl Shannon discusses the third annual day of amnesty for teens in Dallas.

Teenagers with misdemeanor warrants in Dallas County will have a chance to get back on track with the county’s third “day of amnesty” next weekend.

The event, being held Saturday at Southwest Center Mall, is the third of its kind in Dallas County. Individuals from ages 10 to 17 can have their warrants lifted to address their issues and “move down the pathway to rehabilitation,” said Dallas County Juvenile Judge Cheryl Shannon.

“It’s not just a paperwork issue. Sometimes children make mistakes and don’t know how to get out of it,” Shannon said on Sunday’s Inside Texas Politics on WFAA. “So we want to give them an opportunity to resolve those issues without the threat of being taken into custody.”

Warrants are often issued for probation violations and missed court appearances. Shannon said canceling the warrants won’t affect the teens’ cases

Additional services -- like counseling, part-time employment or solutions to get kids back in school -- are also made available on the day of amnesty.

Shannon said the first two days of pardon have seen a “tremendous response.”

Saturday’s event is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southwest Center Mall, located at 3662 West Camp Wisdom Road in Dallas.

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