Friday’s Public Affairs Discussion Group to examine the fugitive safe surrender program

Dan FlanneryThe campus community is invited to attend the next Public Affairs Discussion Group for a discussion of the rise and fall of the fugitive safe surrender program. Daniel Flannery, the Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Professor and director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, will lead the talk, titled “Shared Success: Law Enforcement, Faith-Based Organizations, and the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program.”

The event will take place Friday, March 7, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Kelvin Smith Library’s Dampeer Room.

In the safe surrender program, the U.S. Marshals Service gave fugitives a chance to surrender in front of clergy—an environment of safety and respect. After starting in 2005 at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, by 2010, 36,000 people had surrendered at 22 sites. Then, the Marshals service decided the program was not part of its mission. It has been extended in Ohio with support from State Attorney General Mike DeWine and philanthropy from Sam Miller.

Flannery will present about the program based on his book, Wanted on Warrants: The Fugitive Safe Surrender Program.

Since 1989, faculty, emeriti, students and staff have gathered on Fridays for a brown-bag lunch and to discuss topics in public affairs.

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