For the Record | Quashed warrants

 

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In an effort to lighten the load at the Champaign County Jail, Judge Tom Difanis took a bold step earlier this year — quashing outstanding warrants for ordinance violations, some issued as long ago as 2001.

Staff writer Ben Zigterman pored over all 2,547 warrants that were set aside by the county's presiding judge. Here's what he found.

THROUGH THE YEARS

Unsurprisingly, most of the quashed warrants are from the past few years:

YearNumber of warrants
2017159
2016238
2015326
2014321
2013265
2012258
2011294
2010285
2009205
2008109
200750
200619
20058
20043
20030
20024
20012

THE BENEFICIARIES

Of those who had warrants quashed, 62 percent were black and 28 percent white. About two-thirds were men.

The vast majority of the warrants were for people who are currently in their 20s and 30s. The overall range in age: 17 to 78.

Most of those with outstanding warrants quashed were not repeat offenders. The person with the most had seven, but of the 2,308 with quashed warrants, only 190 had more than one.

THE VIOLATIONS

The most common warrants set aside were for violations for cannabis possession. Here's how they break down:

Charge on warrantAmount
Possession Of Cannabis436
Retail Theft359
Poss Prohib Pblc/business Prop250
Minors: Purch/poss126
Possession Of Drug Para122
Specific Prohibition-noise89
Theft Generally67
Disorderly Conduct59
Trespass Generally51
Fighting48
Battery48
Loud/disturbing Noise47
Resisting/obstructing Peace Of44
Public Urination/defecation40
Noise Ordinance37
Damaging Property36
Theft35
Poss Prohibited Public Prp/bus35
Unnecessary Vehicular Noise34
Dogs Running At Large34
Sale Of Tobacco To Minors24
Public Nuisances23
Prohibitions Related To Age23
Illegal Consumption Of Alcohol21
Sales To Pub W/o Lic20
Obstructing Justice19
Cruelty To Animals19
Transport Alcohol In Motor Veh17
Rabies Vaccination Required17
Litter On Public Ways16
Unlawful Use Of Identification14
Resist/obstruct Peace Officer14
Noise Ord14
Beggars Prohibited14
Theft Of Services12
Poss/alcoh/public12
Exc/tow/charge12
Sale/delivery Alcohol To Minor11
Sale To Minors10
Riding Bike On Trail10
Minor Poss/alcohol10
Keeping Of Dangerous Animals10
Animal Running At Large10
Open Alcohol In Public Place9
Peddling W/o License8
Inoperable Vehicle8
Crim/tresp/land/veh7
Public Urination6
Minor Drinking6
Littering6
Sound Amplification5
Traffic Code4
Soliciting W/o Permi4
Recycling Tax Violation4
Purch/poss Of Tobacco Minor4
Parking Violation4
Maint/priv/property4
False Alarm And Reports4
Assault4
Vendor License3
Unlwfl Intrfrnc Pblc Util Srv3
Poss/drug/paraphern/3
Inoper/vehicle3
Inop Veh On Property3
Curfew/minor3
Crim/dam/prop3
Crim Trespass3
Crim Damage3
Animal Nuisance3
Trespassing2
Traffic Code Violation Gnrlly2
Throw Objects2
Struct/in Disrepair2
Solit/bus/public Way2
Sh/slingshots/airgun2
Selling Liq To Minor2
Rule/to Licensee2
Rental Registration Violation2
Reckless Conduct2
Public Indecency2
Minor Purchase/liq2
Loitering2
Liquor On Prop2
I.d. Solicitors2
Fireworks Prohibited2
Firework Violation2
Excessive Noise2
Criminal Dam/prop2
Burning Prohibited2
Breaking And Entering2
Viol Any Rules/regul1
Unnecessary Noise1
Traffic Control Dev1
Throwing Objects1
Tamper W/meters Prohibited1
Spitting1
Solicitations1
Sale Of Alc/to Minor1
Retail Theft/false Rep/>$3001
Registration Of Dog1
Purchase/possess Liquor/minor1
Purch/liq By Minor1
Public Nuisance1
Public Drinking1
Possess Drug Paraphernalia1
Park/handicapped Spa1
Open Burning Ord1
Op Snowmb/damage Nursery,etc1
Nuisance Noise Ord1
Nuisance1
Litter1
Illegal Dumping1
Ill Sale/merchandise1
Garbage Container1
Gambling Prohibited Generally1
Fireworks1
Fighting (on View Only)1
False Id1
Fail/pro/waste Disp1
Disturbing The Peace1
Disturbing Peace/barking Dog1
Distrubing The Peace (dogs)1
Discharg/firearms1
Deface,damage Prop1
Building Permit1
Building Code Viol1
Building Code1
Adult Responsibility1