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PRESS RELEASE: Boulder DA/Fresh Start & Fellowship Programs


Fresh Start Warrant Forgiveness Program on Saturday, November 7th  


The District Attorney’s Office is pleased to announce another “Fresh Start” event. As you may recall, we held two of these in 2019.


Fresh Start is an innovative “warrant forgiveness” program that provides an opportunity for people with an outstanding warrant to resolve their warrant without being arrested. The program is designed to give those with active warrants stemming from non-violent and low-level misdemeanor or traffic cases an opportunity to move toward a resolution in their case. Individuals with warrants in qualifying cases will speak with representatives from the District Attorney’s Office and either resolve the case or set the case for a new court date. Participants avoid the possibility of an arrest and jail stay that can disrupt their lives, families, and employment. 


The event will be held at the Boulder County Justice Center and Longmont Courthouse on Saturday, November 7, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 


The event does not require an appointment to be made in advance.


This program is a collaborative effort between the District Attorney’s Office, judges, criminal defense attorneys, immigration attorneys, probation staff, courthouse staff, and the Sheriff’s Office.  

Eligibility guidelines are posted on the District Attorney’s website:  www.bouldercounty.org/district-attorney/or call (303) 441-3700


Additionally, the District Attorney’s Office is proud to partner with the Public Rights Project to host a Fellow for the next two years.  

The District Attorney’s Office is one of the few in the country to be selected for this innovative program.  The Fellow will focus on wage theft, immigrant rights, and community engagement.  

With no cost to the taxpayers, it will allow us to enhance our robust efforts to protect our most vulnerable residents and immigrants from wage theft and abuse. 


Shavonne Blades grew up on the West Coast but moved to Colorado in High School. She left for California after school and returned to Colorado in 1990. She got her start in media at the age of 21 in Santa Cruz, California as an advertising sales rep. Having no experience and nothing more than a couple of years as an art college attendee she felt the bug to work in media at a young age. She learned that by helping her customers with design and marketing, their campaigns would be far more successful and has made a 30+ year career in design, copywriting, and marketing for her clients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPy4MMdcfLg. She has always chosen to work in Independent Media and believes deeply in the need for true, authentic Community Journalism. She is proud that YS has never compromised journalism standards in its 20+ history and continues to print YS on paper monthly while also expanding web coverage. She has worked at 3 Alternative Weeklies and founded Yellow Scene Magazine in 2000. You can learn more about Shavonne's adventures in the YS 20th Anniversary issue: https://yellowscene.com/2020/10/08/the-yellow-scenes-red-tornado/

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