More than 220 felons, others turn themselves in

August 16, 2011

More than 220 non-violent felons and others with misdemeanors flocked to a D.C. courthouse Saturday to turn themselves in, authorities said.

They were taking advantage of a program called “Safe Surrender.” Individuals with outstanding bench warrants can voluntarily surrender to avoid embarrassing arrests at home in front of children or during a traffic stop, authorities say.

The program also allows courts to reduce the backlog of outstanding bench warrants.

More than 520 people turned themselves in during a similar program in 2007.

“Safe Surrender” days will also be held on Aug. 20 and 27. To see who is eligible, see the program’s Web site.

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