Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Daytona beach is hosting Operation Safe Surrender today. It’s a program that is encouraging fugitives to turn themselves in.
Here’s how it works. Fugitives turn themselves in (rather than wait for the cops to beat down their door.)
In return, the fugitive will have his first appearance at the church via closed circuit TV before a county judge. There will also be ten public defenders available at the church as a resource to them.
In addition, the church will provide pastors for spiritual counseling at the same time.
In return for turning themselves in, the criminals, at least those charged with non-violent felonies or misdemeanors, will likely receive dropped or reduced charges.
This is the third time that the church has partnered with the police and county in this program.
What do you think? Is this a good idea? I’m really surprised that no one has cried foul on the separation of church and state issue.
Would your church participate in such a program if asked?