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Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark is hosting the second annual summons warrant forgiveness program in the Bronx, inviting residents from all five boroughs to clear their records and move on with their lives.

The Another Chance event, in partnership with the Office of Court Administration and The Bronx Defenders, will be held Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eastchester Presbyterian Church, 3154 Fish Ave. at the corner of East Gun Hill Road in the Baychester section of the Bronx. A resource fair also will be held.

“This is a way to give people another chance to remove a potential obstacle to employment, citizenship, housing or educational opportunities,” Clark said. “If you have had a minor brush with the law such as drinking alcohol in public, littering or unlawful possession of marijuana and did not address it, you have a warrant. If you do not resolve these warrants, they can adversely affect aspects of your life but even more significantly, they can lead to arrest and jail time.”

Clark added that 500 people attended last year’s event, and approximately 355 warrants were cleared.

There are 1.5 million open summons warrants citywide, 334,000 of them in the Bronx. A mobile courtroom will be created in the Eastchester Presbyterian Church with Honorable Bahaati Pitt, Criminal Court judge, presiding, as well as attorneys and staff from the Bronx district attorney’s Office and The Bronx Defenders.

Vendors will be on-site providing information and resources on jobs, health care and social services.