Fugitive Safe Surrender

Program Description, Initial Findings, and Policy Implications


  • Disclaimer: The information and views expressed here reflect those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice or the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS). The FSS program has been supported by a variety of funding sources, including the U.S. Department of Justice (via the USMS and the Bureau of Justice Assistance). Local municipalities have also provided support for specific FSS programs via such funding mechanisms as the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Initiative, Byrne Memorial Law Enforcement funds, and the Weed and Seed program. In some locations, state attorneys general have provided support. In every FSS city, some in-kind support was provided for program implementation via local law enforcement agencies, justice systems, community-based agencies, media partners, and members of the faith-based community. The authors would like to recognize the countless volunteers who contributed to the implementation and success of the program. The support and participation of all formal and informal partners is also acknowledged and greatly appreciated. Local programs could not have been implemented without significant support from judges, local law enforcement, community, and faith-based partners. We acknowledge the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio, Peter Elliott, as the originator of the FSS initiative. Douglas Weiner and the Reverend C. J. Mathews were essential partners in the development of the initiative. Staff from the U.S. Marshals Service have assisted in coordinating the program since 2005, and in particular, we would like to acknowledge the support and participation of Thomas Mertz, Karen Hughes, and SharonBeth Kristal. We would also like to thank Megan Seaman, Marie-Jose Tayah, Jeffrey Oleksiak, Eric Jefferis, Mark Fleisher, Fred Butcher, and Thomas Brewer for their assistance with data collection and analysis and program development over the course of the initiative. Direct correspondence to Daniel J. Flannery, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103-7164 (e-mail: daniel.flannery@case.edu).