- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 300 people with outstanding bench warrants in the District of Columbia turned themselves in through a court program in September.

The Safe Surrender program took place over three Saturdays in September.

D.C. Superior Court spokeswoman Leah Gurowitz says a total of 292 people took advantage of the program. The program allowed anyone with an outstanding parole, pre-trial release or probation bench warrant for non-violent felonies or misdemeanors to surrender voluntarily.

Similar programs in 2007 and 2011 resulted in a combined total of about 1,000 people turning themselves in. Most went home the same day. Officials had said that the goal of the program was to reduce the approximately 12,000 outstanding bench warrants the city has.

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