Nashville fugitives may find favorable treatment for surrendering at church

The Nashville justice system and community leaders have teamed up for a two-day Fugitive Safe Surrender event from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 and 19 at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church at 2021 Herman Street, the Tennessean reports.

Police have said that non-violent offenders who come to the church and accept responsibility for their unlawful actions will receive “favorable consideration for surrendering” and may be able to go home on the same day. Those who come to the church to confess will also be able to speak with an attorney and appear before a Criminal or General Sessions Court judge who will be present at the church.

Members of the justice system participating in the event include Criminal Judge Steve Dozier, General Sessions Judge Rachel Bell, Sheriff Daron Hall, District Attorney Glenn Funk, Public Defender Dawn Deaner and Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry.

People who surrender on one of the days will receive a $10 MAPCO gas card to help with the transportation expense, and the church is also accessible by the Metro Transit Authority bus system. People with questions about their wanted status or who want more information can call 615-256-SAFE.

The Sheriff’s Mobile Booking Unit will process people surrendering before they appear in a makeshift courtroom.

via Safe surrender days offer fugitives second chance.

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