Fugitive Safe Surrender
September 29, 2010 - United States
Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge honored the Cleveland Fugitive Safe
Surrender program on the United States Congressional House Floor
last week where 7,431 fugitives surrendered during the four day
August 02, 2010 - The
Fugitive Safe Surrender program
recently held in Las Cruces, New Mexico July 28th thru the 31st was a
complete success in every way. Expectations were surpassed in numbers and
cooperation between each law enforcement agency. Sharon Beth Kristal, the
Fugitive Safe Surrender National Coordinator and Jeff Kretschmar, Ph. D.
from Kent State University stated that it was one of the smoothest running
sites to date.
November 08, 2009 -
By early morning yesterday, it was clear
the four-day "Fugitive Safe Surrender" in
Newark was on track
to be one of the biggest in the country.
The large-scale law enforcement initiative, which offers nonviolent
offenders with outstanding warrants a chance to safely surrender
and, in most cases, avoid jail time, saw nearly 1,500 people turn up
Baptist Church in its first three days.
November 07, 2009 - Newark, NJ
- Thousands of people lined
up outside Bethany Baptist Church on the last day of a successful
fugitive surrender program that has already processed some 3,000
people with warrants out for their arrest. People began lining up at
6 a.m. this morning. By midday, some 2,000 people were lined up
along Warren Street outside the church. The line snaked along Hudson
Street for a block before rejoining Warren Street for another block.
November 06, 2009 -
program offers fugitives clean start, conserves police resources. On Wednesday
morning, thousands of fugitives walked into Bethany
Baptist Church in Newark and surrendered to police. It was the first day
of a four-day law enforcement effort that encourages fugitives with open
warrants for nonviolent crimes to surrender, and most likely avoid jail time.
May 27, 2009 - U.S. Representative Marcia L. Fudge
applauds and supports the efforts exercised by the law enforcement
community and the faith-based community to continue the Fugitive
Safe Surrender Program.
September 30, 2008 - Statement by the Hon. John Conyers,
JR. of Michigan in the House of Representatives - Mr. CONYERS:
Madam Speaker, I rise today to applaud the efforts of the United
States Marshals Service for its pioneering program to encourage
hundreds and thousands of individuals wanted for non-violent felony
or misdemeanor crimes to voluntarily surrender to the law in a
faith-based or other neutral setting. The initiative was conceived
and is administered by the Marshals Service in states that have
particularly high numbers of fugitive warrants.
July 08, 2008 - Fugitives
who turn themselves in at a Columbia church this week can talk to an
attorney, see a judge and even get job counseling without having to
spend time behind bars. The U.S. Marshal's Service is bringing its
Fugitive Safe Surrender program to Bible Way Church of Atlas Road
from Wednesday through Saturday. South Carolina is the 10th stop for
the program, which has encouraged more than 13,000 people to turn
themselves in since the program began in Cleveland in 2005.
June 27, 2008 - Thousands of people on the run from
the law soon will get a chance to turn themselves in peacefully at a
Richland County church.
Bible Way Church of Atlas Road will transform into a satellite
courthouse in a couple of weeks — becoming the 10th site of the
federally-funded Fugitive Safe Surrender program in the nation, said
Tim Stec, a deputy U.S. marshal based in Columbia. More than 100,000
people with outstanding warrants in Richland and Lexington counties
can surrender between July 9 and 12, start resolving their cases and
move on with their lives.
June 22, 2008 - Fugitive Safe Surrender program
succeeds; Kent State study tells why -
Casey Hennacy went to the House of the
Lord Church in Akron last year looking for repentance. But the mercy
she sought was from the law, not the Lord. The 20-year-old woman was
five months pregnant and didn't want to give birth behind bars only
to have the baby taken away. She was wanted on three felony drug and
June 11, 2008 -
United States Marshal Robert M. Grubbs
of the Eastern District of Michigan is proud to announce that
Detroit’s Fugitive Safe Surrender (FSS) was a record breaking
success. The four day operation, which ran from June 4-7, resulted
in more than 7,000 individuals turning themselves in to law
enforcement which was more than the previous eight FSSs combined.
May 14, 2008 - When police and deputies pound on front
doors, only two or three inches of wood or metal separates them from
some of society's most dangerous people. People high or drunk.
People defending a criminal enterprise. People desperate to stay out
of prison. Law officers will always have to serve warrants. If most
departments did nothing but serve warrants, they still couldn't
serve them all. But some departments across the country have created
so-called safe surrender programs, which help reduce the strain on
an overburdened justice system.
April 24, 2008
- Detroit will be the latest
city in the country to host a federal program allowing those with an
outstanding warrant for their arrest to turn themselves in. The
Fugitive Safe Surrender program, created in 2005 by the U.S.
Marshals Service to allow scofflaws to surrender in a non-hostile
environment, is expected to clear up some of the backlog of
thousands of outstanding warrants in Wayne County.
April 24, 2008 - Fugitive Safe
Surrender (FSS), a groundbreaking re-entry initiative developed by
the United States Marshals Service in cooperation with other
federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and the faith
based community, is coming to Detroit June 4-7, 2008. The initiative
be hosted by Dr. Edgar Vann of Second Ebenezer Church.
April 24, 2008
Fugitives in Wayne County wanted for non-violent crimes will be able
to turn themselves in with a special program at Second Ebenezer
Church June 4th through the 7th. It's called Fugitive Safe
Surrender. U.S. Marshal Bob Grubbs said it's not an amnesty program,
but those who surrender will receive favorable consideration. "We
will not present this program again in this region. Take this
opportunity. Come down. Change your lives," he said.
April 20, 2008
- Life got less stressful
this week for many of the 209 area residents who turned themselves
in to the Fugitive Safe Surrender program, which wrapped up Saturday
at the Bethel Christian Fellowship Church on East Avenue.
The four-day program, a U.S. Marshals Service initiative, allowed
people with outstanding arrest warrants to clear their records. Some
saw a judge and had the whole case wrapped up in one day. Others got
a court date for next week. Only four people were taken into
custody, said Peter Lawrence, U.S. marshal for the Western district
of New York.
April 16, 2008 - Those running from the law now have a
chance to set the record straight. Today was the first day of a
federal program called Fugitive Safe Surrender. "The program works,
I like it.” Charles Clark came out dancing after getting his warrant
taken care of. He said, “It's very easy, very easy and they said for
most part they wouldn't incarcerate you, so here I am, living proof
.” He was one of dozens of fugitives who turned themselves in to
police today. The program is called Fugitive Safe Surrender.
- U.S. Marshal named one
of Cleveland’s 50 Most Influential People of 2008 in April’s
Cleveland Magazine - There are 50,000 fugitives at large in
northern Ohio. And it’s U.S. marshal Pete Elliott’s job to catch
them. To do so, he uses honey — otherwise known as Fugitive Safe
March 03, 2008 -
You don't have to be a lawyer or a court
official to be aware of the overcrowding of our legal system; this
topic is frequently discussed on news programs and is often
mentioned in newspaper and magazine articles. Court dockets
everywhere are jam-packed, as are nearly all of the prisons in our
country. But apart from building more jails and establishing
additional courtrooms, what can be done? And, does the public really
want to pay more taxes to pay for these new buildings and the
salaries of the employees to staff them? Well, there is another
solution-one that has been proven to help reduce the congestion in
the court systems in some cities in Arizona, Indiana, Ohio, and
Tennessee. It is called Fugitive Safe Surrender.
February 28, 2008 - St. Edwards Alumni Magazine, Winter
2008. Peter Elliott's corner office on the 12th floor of the
Carl B. Stokes Federal Court Building in downtown Cleveland
overlooks the largest metropolitan area of the 40-county district
that he is commissioned to protect. Elliott admits that he doesn't
spend much time looking down at the Cuyahoga River, Tower City and
Quicken Loans Arena that sit below. As U.S. Marshal for Ohio's
Northern District, Elliott is too busy overseeing a staff of more
than 330, who work daily to implement the innovative programs he has
developed since being appointed to his position in 2003 by President
George W. Bush.
January 18, 2008
- Kent State prevents violence through understanding as part of an
event called Fugitive Safe Surrender (FSS), a unique initiative that
encourages persons wanted for nonviolent felony or misdemeanor
crimes to voluntarily surrender to the law in a faith-based, neutral
December 23, 2007 - For several weeks late last summer and
on the eve of fall, Rev. Frank Ray allowed authorities to turn his
church into a criminal justice center. At New Salem Missionary
Baptist Church Sept. 19-22, 1,600 people were able to get a law
enforcement monkey off their backs during Operation Safe Surrender.
November 08, 2007 - The U.S. Marshals today announced the results of
the latest Fugitive Safe Surrender initiative – this one taking place over
three days in Washington, D.C.
Fugitive Safe Surrender, a U.S. Marshals program, encourages persons
wanted for non-violent felony or misdemeanor crimes to surrender
voluntarily to faith-based leaders and law enforcement in a church.
From November 1-3, 530 persons took that opportunity and turned
themselves in at the Bible Way Church in Northwest D.C.
September 23, 2007
- Over the last two years, thousands of fugitives in four states
have lined up outside of churches, waiting for a chance to turn
themselves in. The program is called Fugitive Safe Surrender. For
four days, a local church is turned into a full-fledged court,
complete with judges, public defenders, prosecutors and
identification equipment such as fingerprinting.
August 04, 2007 -
Nashville, Tennessee became the fifth city to invite fugitives to
turn themselves in at church. At the end of the fourth day, 561
persons surrendered. The Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in
Nashville hosted the surrender days. Pastor William R. Harris with
strong support from the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship
welcomed those who stepped across the threshold of the
July 14, 2007 -
The House of the Lord Church in Akron,
OH opened its doors for four days to 1,120 fugitives: one of the
largest surrender totals recorded in the program’s three year
history. Fugitive Safe Surrender is a
powerful new initiative that encourages persons wanted for felony or
misdemeanor crimes to voluntarily surrender to the law in a
faith-based location. The House of the Lord church opened its doors
at 9:00 AM Wednesday, July 11 and had fugitives eagerly waiting
outside the doors for their first step at a second chance. On the
last day, over 600 individuals surrendered.
July 14, 2007 - One man, facing
forgery and theft warrants, both felonies, drove all the way from
Florida. A woman, who had been avoiding several misdemeanors, drove
in from Michigan. Another woman drove 10 hours to Georgia,
picked up her fiancé, who had been skirting a misdemeanor
drug-possession warrant for seven years, and drove all night to
reach Akron by Saturday morning. They were just a few of the 1,125
fugitives who turned themselves in to Summit County law enforcement
July 13, 2007
A program that allows fugitives to
surrender without fear or intimidation reached its fourth city this
week and thousands have turned themselves in since its inception in
2005. A similar program in Tennessee is being planned for Memphis
and Nashville. In the latest stop for U.S. Marshals Service's
Fugitive Safe Surrender Program, hundreds of people wanted on
various charges have come to The House of the Lord church since
Wednesday (June 11, 2007).
July 12, 2007
- Mark Foster stopped running
from the law on Wednesday. Foster took the first step toward a
second chance on Wednesday when he showed up at The House of the
Lord on Diagonal Road in Akron to turn himself in to law enforcement
officials as part of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Safe
July 11, 2007 - More than a
hundred wanted fugitives have surrendered peacefully at an Akron
church. In the greatest first day success ever for the Fugitive Safe
Surrender program, 136 wanted men and women gave themselves up to
ministers at an Akron church. "This tremendous first day success
shows the idea works," said Peter J. Elliott, U.S. Marshal for the
Northern District of Ohio, and originator of the Fugitive Safe
July 11, 2007 - After running
from the law for years, Robert Heim began walking, only this time he
was heading towards police. "Ever since I can remember, when I've
been in trouble I've ran from it," he said. "I'm ready to turn
myself in." Two summers ago, Heim went to Florida on vacation and
found himself in prison serving time for burglary. Heim was
completing his two year sentence when his mother sent him a
newspaper article advertising the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program in
July 10, 2007
- No tricks. Just truth and honesty. Coming as they do from the U.S.
Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio, those words are meant to
reassuring to the ears of Summit County fugitives. Akron will host
its first Fugitive Safe Surrender program this week from Wednesday
June 21, 2007
- Peter Elliott, U.S. Marshal
for the Northern District of Ohio, was
presented the TOP COP Award by the National Association of Police
Organizations (NAPO) at a ceremony in the Warner Theater in
D.C. recently. Elliott unexpectedly handed his award to Grace Leon,
widow of a slain Cleveland patrolman whose tragic death during a
pursuit led to the creation of the “Fugitive Safe Surrender”
May 03, 2007 -
The United States Marshal for the
Northern District of Ohio has been selected as a TOP COPS Award®
winner by the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO),
sponsor of the Fourteenth Annual TOP COPS Awards®.
April 27, 2007 - Thursday’s heavy rains in Indianapolis
didn’t slow the growing number of men and women participating in the
second day of the U.S. Marshals “Fugitive
Safe Surrender.” Despite bad weather, 176 fugitives have
surrendered to authorities over the past two days.
25, 2007 - More than 80 fugitives surrendered to Deputy U.S.
Marshals during the opening day of the agency’s “Fugitive
Safe Surrender” program in Indianapolis. The Marshals’
innovative program encourages persons wanted for non-violent crimes
to turn themselves in at the Messiah Missionary Baptist Church in
Indianapolis. However, one fugitive sought on two counts of
attempted murder also surrendered today.
April 02, 2007
- U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott
was exercising one day when a thought crossed his mind about the
thousands of fugitives he's assigned to catch. What came to the
Aurora resident between beads of sweat has earned him the Academy
Award of law enforcement as one of the nation's top cops. It was
Elliott's idea to create the Fugitive Safe Surrender program, which
allows those wanted by police to surrender in the tranquility of a
March 29, 2007-
Metro police should pursue a
'Safe Surrender' program - A proposal that would allow fugitives
facing criminal warrants on nonviolent offenses to turn themselves
in at a church is a perfectly reasonable approach. It's not only a
good concept but has proved in other cities to be remarkably
March 29, 2007
- Program protects against
desperate acts - On August 30, 2006, Officer Jonathan Schroeder
approached the front door of a house in Cleveland, Ohio, to serve an
arrest warrant. The suspect opened fire.
2007 - Peter J. Elliott, the United States Marshal for the
Northern District of Ohio, has been named a “Top Cop” of the nation by
the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO). Marshal Elliott
was selected for this prestigious award after being nominated by the
Ohio Patrolman’s Benevolent Association and its President Terry
Gallagher. The Top Cop Awards pay tribute to the men and women in
law enforcement for their outstanding service to America’s communities.
March 18, 2007
- A new message that could be
flowing this summer from behind some Nashville pulpits isn't
centered on religion or making nice with one's neighbor. Instead, it
will be a message from Metro police calling for people with criminal
warrants to turn themselves in.
January 06, 2007
- The Rev. Jay Matthews let
his Cleveland church be converted to a booking station and courtroom
for fugitives to surrender for Fugitive Safe Surrender.
November 21, 2006
- Phoenix, AZ – Last week, fugitives in Maricopa County had a
brief, one-time opportunity to take their first step toward a second
chance and took full advantage of it. Over 1,300 fugitives
surrendered peacefully over four days at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
in Phoenix. Even after Sunday’s church services -- one day after the
official end of the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Safe Surrender program
-- 40 additional fugitives showed up to surrender.
November 20, 2006 - Today,
Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones congratulated U.S. Marshal Peter
J. Elliot and the entire United States Marshals Service on another
positive step forward in implementing the Fugitive Safe Surrender
November 15, 2006
- Sean White, wanted on
criminal warrants for a probation violation and failure to appear in
court, went to church Wednesday morning to get right with the law.
The 32-year-old man was among the 120 suspects who turned themselves
in during the first four hours of Fugitive Safe Surrender.
November 13, 2006
- Federal and state
authorities are asking an estimated 70,000 fugitives in Maricopa
County to go to church this week so they can surrender to the law.
November 08, 2006
- The United States Marshals Service
announced that fugitives in Maricopa County, Arizona have a one-time
opportunity next week to take their first step toward a second
chance. Under a new program, led by the U.S. Marshals Service, named
Fugitive Safe Surrender, people on the run from the law can come to
a safe haven and turn themselves in.
September 13, 2006
- U.S. Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales honored 14 Cleveland-area government officials and
volunteers Tuesday for pioneering a program to encourage wanted
criminals to turn themselves in. Gonzales bestowed the Attorney
General's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community
Partnerships for Public Safety on the organizers of Fugitive Safe
June 03, 2006
- This summer, felony
fugitives can surrender to law enforcement officers, consult with a
court appointed attorney and speak to a judge at a church in Akron.
May 23, 2006
- Today, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones introduced
legislation, which formally authorizes, for next three fiscal years,
a federal appropriation to fund the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program
within the Justice Department. Senator Mike DeWine (OH) has
introduced companion legislation in the Senate.
2006 - U.S. Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH) today introduced
legislation that would expand a successful program aimed at
encouraging non-violent fugitives with
outstanding misdemeanor and felony warrants to surrender to courts
been temporarily established in churches and community centers.
January 14, 2006
- If you are a fugitive in Maricopa County, the government wants you
to go to church and surrender yourself. Not to Jesus but to law
officers who will be on hand at a makeshift courtroom along with
judges, defense attorneys and prosecutors.
November 01, 2005 - U.S. Marshal Peter J. Elliott recognizes the collaborative efforts of Cuyahoga
County Administrator Tom Pokorney and Cuyahoga County Deputy Administrator Greg
Popovich after completion of Fugitive Safe Surrender.
October 27, 2005 - More than 842 people in trouble with the law - 324 with outstanding felony
warrants - voluntarily surrendered in an unprecedented coalition of faith-based,
nonprofit, law enforcement and judicial authorities at Mount Sinai Baptist
Church in Cleveland, Ohio.
August 08, 2005 -
United States Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio, is
pleased to announce that Fugitive Safe Surrender was a
tremendous success. More than 800 people in trouble with the
law - 324 with outstanding felony warrants - voluntarily
surrendered last week.
July 26, 2005 -
United States Marshal Pete Elliott will join law
enforcement, judicial, media, and religious leaders at
Cleveland’s Mount Siani Baptist Church on Wednesday, July
27, 2005 at 11 a.m. to announce the Marshals launch of
Fugitive Safe Surrender in Cuyahoga County.
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Other Past Safe Surrender Initiatives:
Camden, New Jersey
- Chester, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
- Las Cruces, New Mexico
Newark, New Jersey
Rochester, New York