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Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 06/16/2010

Md. program lets you turn yourself in

By Washington Post editors

People wanted for nonviolent offenses in the Baltimore area are getting a unique opportunity to turn themselves in.

The U.S. Marshals Service program known as Fugitive Safe Surrender launched Wednesday. It offers people with open warrants a chance for favorable treatment in a comfortable location. It's being held at a church in west Baltimore, where fugitives will meet with public defenders, judges and social workers.

Fugitive Safe Surrender was launched in Cleveland in 2005 and has been held in 16 jurisdictions around the country. This is the first time it's been held in Baltimore, and thousands of people are expected to turn themselves in.

Most cases can be resolved in a single day, and the program runs through Saturday.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | June 16, 2010; 12:58 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  baltimore, nonviolent, safe surrender  
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