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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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