U.S. Marshals Service ends national fugitive safe-surrender program.

A nationwide program that allows fugitives accused of nonviolent crimes…

A nationwide program that allows fugitives accused of nonviolent crimes to safely surrender at churches has been eliminated by the U.S. Marshals Service because it didn’t fit the service’s mission of catching violent fugitives, a spokesman said.

More than 34,000 people in 20 cities have turned themselves in through Fugitive Safe Surrender, which got its start in Cleveland in 2005 in response to the killing of a police officer by a fugitive during a traffic stop.

Spokesman Jeff Carter told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland for today’s editions that the program cost $250,000 annually. Funding was dropped this year after a review of programs aimed at reducing violent crime.

“While Fugitive Safe Surrender’s goals were laudable, the agency could not sustain this unfunded initiative,” Carter said.

Source: NJ.com

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  • Jack

    AMEN!

  • Jeff

    Agencies waste millions of dollars on things that don’t work, every year. You’re telling me for only $1.5M we’ve had 34,000 people surrender rather than end in violent shoot outs. That adds upto $45 per surrender. I think thats worth it, as opposed to mobilizing tactical teams of 30+ people for several hours at a time, in which lives are risked.