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Fugitive Safe Surrender

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Fugitive Safe Surrender is a unique, creative, and highly successful, initiative that encourages persons wanted for non-violent felony or misdemeanor crimes to voluntarily surrender to the law in a faith-based or other neutral setting. 

Managed by the United States Marshals Service as a community re-entry program for wanted non-violent offenders, Fugitive Safe Surrender offers individuals with felony and misdemeanor warrants the ability to turn themselves in to law enforcement and have their cases adjudicated in a safe and non-violent environment.

The goal of Fugitive Safe Surrender is to reduce the risk to law enforcement officers who pursue fugitives, to the neighborhoods in which they hide, and to the fugitives themselves. Authorized by Congress in July 2006, Fugitive Safe Surrender is believed to be the first program of its kind in the nation.

For more information about Fugitive Safe Surrender, please contact the National Program Coordinator at (202) 616-1040.  For media inquiries, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 307-9065.

About Fugitive Safe Surrender

Tens of thousands of fugitives are present in every major city across America. Many are wanted for violent crimes, but authorities target far more for lower-level, non-violent felonies ranging from drug possession to theft. Still more are wanted for misdemeanor infractions. Law enforcement officials at every level of government apprehend large numbers of fugitives every year through regular investigative efforts and concentrated fugitive sweeps.  These duties are among the most dangerous faced by authorities. But the danger is not just to police – it is also to the members of the communities in which these individuals hide...and to the fugitives themselves. At the forefront of this work is the United States Marshals Service and their federal, state, and local task force partners throughout the country and overseas.

Fugitives often hide their identities, either to avoid detection or to further their criminal behavior.  They live in constant fear of arrest, and out of the mainstream of their own communities, supporting themselves by: (1) continued non-violent criminal activity (e.g., drugs, prostitution or theft); (2) non-criminal work where they are paid “under the table” and have no health care or other benefits; or (3) as a financial burden for employed, law-abiding family members. In all of these instances, fugitive status creates a broad range of burdens and dangers for the fugitives themselves, their families, and the community.  For the thousands of fugitives across America who have no history of violence, Fugitive Safe Surrender offers a unique  opportunity to take their first and most crucial step toward community re-entry. 

  • Photo Gallery - Click here to go to photos about Fugitive Safe Surrender.
  • S. 2570/H.R. 5459 - Legislation to authorize funds for the United States Marshals Service’s Fugitive Safe Surrender Program. Introduced by former Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH) and the late Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), this legislation was ultimately enacted and signed into law as part of Public Law No. 109-248, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

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If you have an outstanding warrant and you wish to surrender to authorities prior to a formal Fugitive Safe Surrender operation coming to your area, you should contact your local police department or USMS district office. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice