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Establish warrant grace periods for failure to appear.

Target actors: Courts, state legislators.

Research has shown that many people who fail to appear for court usually return voluntarily within a few days or weeks.Mary T. Phillips, How Release Type Affects Failure to Appear (New York: New York City Criminal Justice Agency, 2011), 3, https://perma.cc/7M36-8ZG6. Courts can adopt policies that are in line with this research by establishing a grace period before issuing bench warrants and notifying people that they need to come to court to resolve the failure to appear before a warrant is issued. Courts can also establish procedures for people to easily resolve warrants and request new court dates online or in the community in order to avoid arrest. State legislatures can also enact laws requiring local courts to allow grace periods.