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‘Safe surrender’ offered for those with D.C. warrants

Individuals in the District with outstanding bench warrants will be allowed to surrender at D.C. Superior Court during three Saturdays in August, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Judge Lee Satterfield, chief of the court, announced Thursday.

Doing so would prevent arrest at their homes or jobs or during a routine traffic stop, officials said. The program, D.C. Safe Surrender, is aimed at individuals with outstanding warrants for non-violent felonies or misdemeanors.

In 2007, the District held a similar program and more than 500 people turned themselves in — all but 10 returning home the same day, according to court officials.

This year, the program will take place at the courthouse at 500 Indiana Ave. NW on Aug. 13, Aug. 20 and Aug. 27 between 9 :30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.


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