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Operation Clean Slate sees little result in Aiken County

25 people show up to have bench warrants erased

Friday, May 4, 2012 4:47 PM
Last updated 9:07 PM
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Aiken County sheriff’s officials are disappointed in the number of people who took up their offer to get a clean slate.

About 25 people came to Central Traffic Court this week to get their traffic-related bench warrant erased.

Under Operation Clean Slate, anyone with traffic-related warrants in the county could pay the fine and not be taken to jail.

When Operation Clean Slate began, the county had more than 2,800 active traffic-related bench warrants. Fewer than 40 were wiped from the warrant log by the end of the operation Friday.

“We were kind of disappointed and shocked that it was that low,” Sgt. Jason Feemster said.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office borrowed the idea from Richland County, S.C., which had success at clearing its bench warrant file with the program.

Capt. Troy Elwell said the sheriff’s office could clear their log of bench warrants and those with bench warrants could avoid an arrest.

Feemster said that although the number was disappointing, it has not discouraged the sheriff’s office from having a similar operation in the future.

“I just wish more people would have taken advantage of it,” he said.

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raul 05/04/12 - 08:54 pm
I am thinking there may have

I am thinking there may have been a trust factor involved. In other words, that the Sheriffs Office would live up to their promise and not put them in jail. A lot of folks have seen the shows where law enforcement tells the wanted individual that they have won a raffle or football tickets or whatever and then when they show up arrest them on the warrant. Just guessing.

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