Fugitive Safe Surrender connects community to justice system - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Fugitive Safe Surrender connects community to justice system

Fugitives with outstanding warrants got a chance at leniency this week. The program Fugitive Safe Surrender exceeded every expectation.

Long lines formed in front of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church for the final day of Fugitive Safe Surrender.

The four day program offered fugitives with outstanding warrants a one stop shop to clear their records. Each day the crowds grew larger.

"We thought we'd do good if we had 600 people come in, now we're looking at about 1500 people for the four day total," says U.S. Marshall David Jolley.

The Shelby County sheriff, District Attorney and local church leaders used a television ad to get the word out.

"It's a win for the individuals today because its been actually prearranged that they will receive favorable consideration for surrendering themselves," says Rev. James Berry with New Salem Missionary Baptist Church.

Organizers say it was time to connect the community to the justice system.

Pastor Frank E. Ray adds, "To try to have a safe haven for people to get their lives right and they've been waiting on this. I think it would be wrong for us not to look forward to doing this again and I think we'll have the cooperation of the city as well."

If there was every any question about the need for Fugitive Safe Surrender, the answer came from hundreds of people in search of a chance to come clean.

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