D.C. Launches Safe Surrender

Thursday, Aug 4, 2011  |  Updated 8:40 PM EDT
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D.C. Launches Safe Surrender

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District officials want people with outstanding warrants to turn themselves in to police.

So Mayor Vincent Gray, along with other city leaders, launched D.C’s Safe Surrender program today.

The initiative allows individuals with outstanding bench warrants for non-violent crimes to surrender voluntarily. The program “represents a win-win proposal for our justice system and for the accused,” Gray said. 

The program’s goal is to reduce the number of outstanding bench warrants, according to officials.  It also provides individuals a way to turn themselves in without being embarrassed in front of family and friends.

“It's an opportunity for individuals to not have to look over their shoulder anymore wondering when that warrant is going to be executed,” D.C. Superior Court Judge Lee Satterfield said.

The D.C. Safe Surrender program will take place Aug. 13, 20 and 27. Individuals can turn themselves in at the Moultrie Courthouse in Northwest from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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