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Brooklyn DA's Office Helps Residents Resolve Warrants, Summonses

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The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office is helping some of its residents resolve their outstanding warrants and summonses.

The borough's district attorney kicked off "Project Safe Surrender" Friday at Mount Sion Baptist Church in Crown Heights.

The project sets up court in the church and hears people with charges ranging from marijuana possession to loitering.

The DA said there are about 250,000 outstanding warrants in Brooklyn.

The program is meant to make it easier for residents to get jobs and drivers licenses, and avoid jail time.

"They was just helping me to get my summons eradicated and, you know, just tell me the things I needed to do so I won't get in trouble any more," said one person who participated in the program.

"You could tell that everyone who came out, their issue was resolved and they were able to walk out with a burden off their shoulder of 'I don't have to look behind my back anymore, I don't have to be afraid anymore,'" said volunteer Yvette Perry.

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