Welcome to DC Public Safety–radio and television shows on crime, criminal offenders and the criminal justice system.
The topic for the nineteenth television show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is DC Safe Surrender.
The combined federal and District criminal justice system came together in November of 2007 and created “Fugitive Safe Surrender.” 530 offenders with warrants voluntarily surrendered. Safe Surrender was a national effort lead by the US Marshal’s Service.
The website for the current “DC Safe Surrender” is http://www.dcsafesurrender.org.
“DC Safe Surrender” in 2011 seeks offenders wanted on non-violent felony and misdemeanor warrants. Domestic violence cases are not included.
Offenders willingly participated in the last Safe Surrender in 2007. The overwhelming majority went home that day with a new court date or had the charges resolved while they were there. They were looking for a way to safely resolve their warrants.
“DC Safe Surrender” is a public safety initiative. It gets offenders with warrants off the streets and back into legitimate society. It allows law enforcement to focus on other concerns.
“DC Safe Surrender” protects the family members of those wanted on warrants. They lose the fear of police coming to their door. They lose the fear of a family member being arrested in front of children.
“DC Safe Surrender” protects our police officers. They do not have to risk injury in serving these warrants.
A list of those wanted for warrants will be available on the website.
When: “DC Safe Surrender” will take place on three Saturdays on August 13, 20 and 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: The DC Superior Court building at 500 Indiana Ave NW
- Adrienne Poteat, Director, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
- Willie Jones, participant, first DC Safe Surrender participant.
- Lee Satterfield, Chief Judge, DC Superior Court
- Assistant Chief Alfred Durham, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C.
The show is packed with video footage to enhance the viewing experience.
See http://media.csosa.gov for our radio shows, blog and transcripts.
Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/.
The host is Cedric Hendricks. The producer is Timothy Barnes.