Fugitive Safe Surrender
Boston, Massachusetts -
October 06 - 09, 2010
Information Flyer Spanish
Individuals wanted for non-violent crimes in the Boston area will
soon have the chance to turn themselves in at a local church, where they
may receive favorable consideration on their open warrants.
Individuals who are hiding from the law pose a risk to themselves, the
communities in which they hide, and the law enforcement officers who
pursue them. A Congressionally-authorized United States Marshals Service
initiative known as Fugitive Safe Surrender will take place in Boston
from Wednesday, Oct. 6 through Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Jubilee Christian
Church, located at 1500 Blue Hill Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts. There
are no religious requirements and a secular site will also be available.
Public defenders will be available at no charge to surrenderees.
There are currently over 50,000 open warrants out of the Boston
Municipal Court Department of the Trial Court, with about half of them
for non-violent offenses. Living with an open warrant means being unable
to get a driver’s license or housing and interrupts the ability to be a
productive citizen. The Fugitive Safe Surrender program encourages
wanted individuals to turn themselves in, address their warrant, and
move forward with their lives.
More than 27,000 fugitives have surrendered to authorities at 19
Fugitive Safe Surrender sites in 18 states since the program began five
years ago in Cleveland, Ohio. Each site has drawn hundreds – and in many
cases thousands – of men and women who chose to take the first step
toward a fresh start.
As many as 98% of the individuals who surrendered for non-violent
offenses at those sites went home the same day after receiving
probation, paying a fine, or receiving a new court date. Though the
program is geared toward non-violent offenses committed in Boston in the
jurisdiction of the Boston Municipal Court Department, people with
warrants for more serious criminal offenses can also avail themselves of
Fugitive Safe Surrender but may not have the opportunity for same-day
resolution of their outstanding criminal matters.
The FSS program creates a partnership between the clergy, the courts,
and social services agencies. That partnership is supported by local and
Federal law enforcement. The Boston partnership includes U.S. Marshals
Service; Jubilee Christian Church; Boston TenPoint Coalition; Boston
Municipal Court Department; the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice
Assistance; Boston Police Department; Suffolk County District Attorney;
Committee for Public Counsel Services; Trial Court Officers; MBTA
Transit Police; Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department; Office of the
Commissioner of Probation; Administrative Office of the Trial Court;
Trial Court Information Services Department; Massachusetts National
Guard and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Registry of
Motor Vehicles Division.
The U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement agencies pursue tens of
thousands of fugitives each year, with every arrest containing the
potential for violence. Fugitives don’t just put themselves and their
pursuers at risk – they endanger their families and communities as well.
The Fugitive Safe Surrender program reduces this risk by allowing
individuals to surrender safely at a neutral location to receive
favorable consideration by the court.
For more information please call the Mayor’s 24-hour hotline at
617-635-4500 or visit
Fugitive Safe Surrender: Come in. Be safe. Get help.
Camden, New Jersey
- Chester, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
- Las Cruces, New Mexico
Newark, New Jersey
Rochester, New York
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