De Blasio Signals Some Support for Warrant Amnesty

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, saying Tuesday he could be open to the idea, which was floated by Police Commissioner William Bratton last week.

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.