In August 2005, the United States Marshals Service launched the Fugitive Safe Surrender initiative as a way to reduce the thousands of outstanding arrest warrants in jurisdictions across the country. The District of Columbia launched its own Safe Surrender Program as an opportunity for individuals who are wanted for non-violent felonies or misdemeanors in the District of Columbia to surrender voluntarily at the Moultrie Courthouse.
DC Safe Surrender's goal is to reduce the number of outstanding bench warrants by allowing people to surrender in a safe and secure environment. The program provides persons with a way to turn themselves in, without the risk of being arrested at home, in front of their family and children, at work, or during a routine traffic stop. At the previous Safe Surrender events, the overwhelming majority of the people who surrendered returned home that same day.
In November 2007, more than 500 people turned themselves in during the District of Columbia's first Safe Surrender event. More than 98% of those surrendering returned home the same day. During the subsequent Safe Surrender event in August 2011, nearly 800 people turned themselves in for an outstanding warrant.
Hoping to further reduce the number of outstanding warrants in the District, criminal justice partners have joined together to host a third Safe Surrender event. DC Safe Surrender 2016 will take place on Saturdays, September 10, 17, and 24, 2016, at the Moultrie Courthouse (500 Indiana Avenue NW | Washington, DC 20001).
DC Safe Surrender recognizes that many persons are looking for a way to resolve their outstanding warrants; the program assures individuals who surrender that they will be treated fairly and with dignity. This could be your first step toward a second chance.
For more information about DC Safe Surrender, please visit www.dccourts.gov/safesurrender.
To determine whether you have an outstanding warrant, please visit http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/warrants.jsf.
Safe Surrender is a partnership among:
For additional information about past Safe Surrender events, please visit: http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/video/category/fugitive-safe-surrender/.