Misdemeanor offenders in Nashville get 2nd chance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Citizens who violated booking requirements of state misdemeanor citations they received are getting a second chance in Nashville Friday and Saturday.

Officials are hosting what they describe as a self-surrender program. A news release from the Metro Police Department said offenders will have their failure to be booked warrants recalled if they use the special program.

Some 5,600 people are wanted for failure to be booked on misdemeanor citations. The offenses involved include driving without a license, trespassing and drug possession.

When they received the citations, defendants were allowed to avoid physical arrest after promising to report for booking and their first court appearance.

The program is a partnership among police, General Sessions courts, prosecutors, public defenders, the Criminal Court clerk and sheriff's office.

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