Final DC Safe Surrender program on Saturday


WASHINGTON, D.C. — DC is having its last Safe Surrender program of the year tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Moultrie Courthouse.

Safe Surrender is a program that allows people with outstanding bench warrants to surrender themselves rather than be arrested. (You can check if you have an outstanding warrant at this link).

The program is an opportunity for non-violent felons or people who are wanted for misdemeanors to surrender voluntarily. A spokesperson for DC Courts said that this program is a way for offenders to surrender themselves and avoid being arrested in front of their families or during a traffic stop.

An attorney will be appointed to each participant when they appear before a judge. Over 1,000 people turned themselves in during similar programs held in 2007 and 2011.

On the previous two Saturdays of this month that the program was held, 137 defendants have turned themselves in. Only two defendants were held, while everyone else was able to leave the courthouse later that day.

More info about the program is available here.

The courthouse is H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse, 500 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA.