How to Turn in a Fugitive

By Kristie Brown
Carefully consider whether you should turn in a fugitive.

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Fugitives are wanted by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. At any given time, there are approximately 6,500 fugitives wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2008, the U.S. Marshals arrested more than 36,600 federal fugitives. Fugitives may be dangerous, so they should not be approached; however, there are different ways to either help a fugitive surrender or to turn in a fugitive.

Determine when and where the U.S. Marshal Service's next Fugitive Safe Surrender (FSS) is held. The U.S. Marshal Service sponsors Fugitive Safe Surrender, which encourages non-violent felony or misdemeanor fugitives to turn themselves in at pre-selected surrender sites. Most FSS events are held over a four-day period from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Locate and bring the fugitive's form of ID: driver's license, Social Security card, passport, birth certificate or Medicare/Medicaid card are good choices. If an ID cannot be located, the fugitive can still turn himself in, but the length of time for processing may take longer.

Contact the local police department or nearest U.S. Marshal Service district office if the fugitive wishes to surrender prior to an official, local Fugitive Safe Surrender operation or if the surrender site is too far away.

Do not approach a felon or FBI fugitive, as they may be dangerous. Instead, contact the FBI at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., or your local district office to share any information you have about the fugitive.

Consider submitting an anonymous tip to the FBI if you have knowledge about one of its wanted fugitives. Rewards are offered for the apprehension of certain fugitives.

About the Author

Kristie Brown is a publisher, writer and editor. She has contributed to magazines, textbooks and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

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