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Fugitives are offered chance to surrender

Associated Press / October 6, 2010

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Fugitives wanted for nonviolent crimes in the Boston area are being given the chance to turn themselves in at a local church. People with outstanding warrants can surrender at the Jubilee Christian Church in Mattapan, beginning today and running through Saturday. A judge will hear cases at the church, and public defenders will be available at no charge. The Fugitive Safe Surrender program run by the US Marshals Service began in Cleveland in 2005. Since then, more than 27,000 fugitives have surrendered in 18 states. Most of the people who surrendered for nonviolent offenses went home the same day after receiving probation, paying a fine, or getting a new court date.

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