Fugitive Safe Surrender began this morning at the True Gospel Tabernacle Church at 16th & Mifflin Streets. The program is set to run from Wednesday, September 17, 2008 to Sunday, September 20, 2008. Individuals with arrest and bench warrants can turn themselves in from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on those days.

The program is designed to provide non-violent offenders an opportunity to surrender, where they can speak with a judge and attorney at the church, and hopefully receive some favorable consideration for surrendering. The program is not for juvenile matters, domestic relations matters or traffic warrants. Most people will be released the same day, and receive a new court date to get their case back on track.

To read more about the program, click here.

By the way, if one does have an outstanding warrant and doesn’t surrender, the Philadelphia Police will be conducting warrant sweeps at the conclusion of the program on September 20th. This method is not the most friendly, and usually ends up with a loss of freedom and broken-down front doors.