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Fugitive Safe Surrender

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – June 10-13, 2009

As expected, Fugitive Safe Surrender-Harrisburg was a tremendous success. Under the leadership of Michael Regan, United States Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1,282 people surrendered at the Zion Assembly of Harrisburg on North 5th Street, from June 10-13, 2009.

Said Marshal Regan, “It’s fun to see the look on their faces when they’re finally walking out the door, and it’s amazing to see the load be lifted from them.”

“They’re walking out with this burden off their hearts and off their minds,” said Pastor Raleigh Wingfield of Zion Assembly.

Apostle Brenda Alton of the nearby Kingdom Embassy Church noticed the difference in people before and after participating in Fugitive Safe Surrender. “Some of them have been nervous coming in,” she said, “but when they’re through, we are seeing a whole new sense of peace coming over them. They feel that they can finally take a breath.”

As always, successful Fugitive Safe Surrender operations require the cooperation and collaboration of numerous agencies and organizations.

Front-line law enforcement partners included the Harrisburg Police Department, Dauphin County Adult Probation and Parole, Dauphin County Juvenile Probation, the Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.

Partners within the justice system included the Office of the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, the Dauphin County Magisterial District Judges, the Dauphin County Clerk of Courts, the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office, the Dauphin County Public Defender’s Office, and Dauphin County Domestic Relations.

Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick acknowledged Fugitive Safe Surrender’s multi-dimensional approach to being a first step toward a second chance. “All of us in our lives have made a mistake, and how you respond from making that mistake reveals your character,” he said.

To assist with that second chance, there were service providers available from a number of local organizations, including the following: Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Christian Recover Aftercare Ministry (CRAM); Colonial House; Dauphin County Crisis Intervention; Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program; Firm Foundation; Gaudenzia House; Gaudenzia Inc.’s New Options; Parents and Children Together (PACT); Pennsylvania Career Link; Pennsylvania Counseling Services; Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance; The Program (IT’s About Change); Tri-county OIC; Youth Build; and the YWCA.

In addition to the Zion Assembly of Harrisburg, faith-based partners include the Firm Foundation of Pennsylvania, Inc., and Kingdom Embassy.

Harrisburg was the 14th city to implement Fugitive Safe Surrender under the guidance of the United States Marshals Service.

 

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