- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio is signaling some support to offer amnesty to New York City residents who have outstanding warrants for low-level offenses.

De Blasio said Tuesday that he could be open to the idea, which was floated by Police Commissioner William Bratton last week in an interview with The Associated Press.

New York’s court system has 1.2 million open warrants for sometimes decades-old infractions for low-level offenses such as drinking in public or disorderly conduct.

Those warrants do not expire, so an individual could be subject to arrest and spend time in jail.

Both Bratton and de Blasio stressed that amnesty would only be for low-level offenses.

It is not clear what an amnesty program may entail. De Blasio said discussions would occur over the coming months.


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