D.C. warrant program allows you to turn yourself in

Calling all low-level criminals in D.C.: Turn yourself in now, and you'll get little more than a slap on the wrist.


Don't let it come to this.

The District is again launching the "Safe Surrender" program, which, to quote a press release, is "an opportunity for persons who have outstanding bench warrants for non-violent felonies or misdemeanors in D.C. to surrender voluntarily at the Moultrie Courthouse."

It's a potential win-win. The District can cut down on bench warrants, and will have less outstanding warrants to track down. Criminals, meanwhile, stand a good chance of going home. In 2007, the last time the program ran, over 500 people turned themselves in — all but 10 of whom went home the same day.

The District sure is on an amnesty kick recently. We look forward to the day when we get a pass on all those back taxes we owe.