NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – “I just don’t want to look over my shoulder anymore,” is a common phrase that will be heard for the next two days at a north Nashville church.
Those words come from a collaborative community and law enforcement effort for non-violent offenders to “accept responsibility” in a program called Fugitive Safe Surrender.
Beginning at 9 a.m., more than a dozen of those offenders were waiting for the program’s doors to open at the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church at 2021 Herman Street.
Once inside they can “receive favorable consideration for surrendering and may well go home today” say the program’s organizers which are led by the Metro Nashville Police Department.
Most of the non-violent offenses include things like probation violations that lead to outstanding warrants.
Keith House was wanted on a misdemeanor warrants for a violation and domestic violence.
“I can feel better about it just for the simple fact that I can move forward without having to look over my shoulder anymore,” House told News 2.
He said all that behind him now, though, and all he needs to do is finish some classes and keep moving forward.
During the process, the offenders are able to speak with an attorney and appear before a judge in one of the backrooms of the church.
As of noon, close to 30 had come to surrender, 15 of which did so within the first 30 minutes.
Those doing so are also getting a $10 Mapco gasoline card as an extra bonus.
The one-time program ran until 5:30 p.m. Friday and continues Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.