Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 25, 2013

Warrant roundup deemed success

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The most recent Great Texas Warrant Roundup was successful, at least as far as Corsicana’s municipal court is concerned.

They cleared 214 outstanding warrants, with a value of $79,113 between Feb. 15 and March 10, when the statewide roundup ended, according to Sharon Jennings, court administrator.

“We’re very pleased,” she said. “This was people who had outstanding warrants in the court and police department. We had lots more than this of people coming in who knew they were delinquent and wanted to beat the warrant.”

“Those were people who knew they were delinquent and were afraid they’d get caught up in the roundup,” she explained. Those people were not included in the 214, Jennings said.

In February, right before the beginning of the roundup, the Corsicana Municipal Court had more than 2,700 warrants. There are still more than 2,500 outstanding, but that’s part of municipal court, Jennings said.

“We handle more cases in municipal court that all other courts combined. It’s normal to have a lot of warrants,” she said. “And they’re not just for people who live in Corsicana. It can be anybody traveling through Corsicana who received a ticket. It can be statewide or even in another state.”

The majority of the 214 cases that were cleared were because the ticket-holder chose to clear the record.

“They didn’t have to be arrested and taken to jail,” Jennings said. “Those were people who came in and voluntarily took care of their warrant. That says a lot about the people who have tickets with the court.”

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