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August 03, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Chief Judge Lee Satterfield to Announce Safe Surrender Program 

Program Provides Opportunity to Reduce Number of Outstanding Bench Warrants for Those Wanted for Non-Violent Offenses in D.C.

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WHAT/WHO: Mayor Vincent C. Gray, D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Lee Satterfield, Public Defender Service Director Avis Buchanan, BibleWay Baptist Church Apostle James Silver, and 2007 Safe Surrender participant Willie Jones will announce the 2011 D.C. Safe Surrender program, which will take place on three consecutive Saturdays beginning August 13, 2011.

WHEN: Thursday, August 4, 2011
             9:30 A.M.

WHERE: H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse Plaza
              500 Indiana Avenue NW
              Washington, DC 20001


The D.C. Safe Surrender program is an opportunity for persons who are wanted for non-violent felonies or misdemeanors in the District of Columbia to surrender voluntarily at the Moultrie Courthouse. D.C. Safe Surrender recognizes that many persons are looking for a way to resolve their outstanding warrants. The program’s goal is to reduce the number of outstanding bench warrants by allowing surrender in a safe and secure environment. The program provides persons with a way to turn themselves in without the risk of being arrested at home, in front of their family, or during a routine traffic stop. A similar program in 2007 saw over 500 people turn themselves in, with all but 10 going home that same day.

For more information, please visit A list of all those who qualify for the Safe Surrender program is posted on that page.

Safe Surrender is a partnership between: the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, D.C. Public Defender Service, D.C. Superior Court, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, Metropolitan Police Department, Office of the Attorney General, Pretrial Services Agency, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and U.S. Marshals Service.