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Pima County court will quash arrest warrants in some misdemeanor cases

Having a warrant out for your arrest can elicit fears of being incarcerated. People in Pima County who have a misdemeanor warrant out for their arrest may qualify for relief.

Pima County Consolidated Justice Court is open year-round for warrant walk-ins. But, the court, seeking to reduce unnecessary incarcerations, is hosting warrant relief days next week. During warrant relief days, a judge will review and potentially quash the warrant.

Kendrick Wilson, justice of the peace for Pima County’s Precinct 9, explains, "For most misdemeanor cases, there’s a reason why it’s not a felony because it's not something where we want to see people incarcerated, certainly not for extended periods of time."

Judges will review warrants at the downtown Tucson court Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wilson said the court shared information about the warrant relief days to the nearby Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Tohono O'odham Nation. Some cases will need to be rescheduled for a later date.

”Don’t just hope it will go away," Wilson said. "If you have a warrant, you really want to get it taken care of."

People who seek to start the resolution process can check for active cases under their name at the  Pima County website, call 520-724-3171 or show up to 240 N. Stone Avenue during business hours.

Tori Gantz is an intern at KJZZ and a last-semester undergraduate in Arizona State University's journalism and mass communication program. Gantz started on air as an anchor at Blaze Radio ASU, where she rocks a weekly DJ set. They are from Green Bay, Wisconsin.Over the summer, Gantz was a Hearst Foundation fellow for Carnegie-Knight News21, an investigative reporting initiative hosted at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She covered the 2022 midterm elections as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for Cronkite News and a fact-checking intern on PolitiFact's national policy team. They have freelanced for several local publications.Gantz enjoys hiking, listening to live music and working with their book club.