I agree with the Safe Surrender program ("Hundreds seek Safe Surrender," June 20). First of all, it provided a comfortable environment for the people with nonviolent crimes to get their lives back on track. Second of a, it provides a safe haven for people. Finally, everybody who turned themselves in received " favorable consideration." The program gave everyone a chance to do what is right and make better lives for themselves.
People will have a second chance. One of the people mentioned in The Sun, Nakia Parrine, was wanted on drug charges for about four years and finally decided to turn herself in so she could get a job to support her family. Her life was changed because she got booked, went in front of a judge and the charges against her was dropped. She was blessed to be given that chance to make a change.
The program took place inside the New Metropolitan Baptist Church, where people believed they would be safe. Some violent offenders were willing to show up to resolve their cases because they thought that it was a quicker alternative then having to go to Central Booking.
Favorable consideration was given to everyone who showed up. Even the four people that were taken into custody for violent crimes were given favorable consideration. There is no guarantee that they will avoid receiving jail time. However, turning themselves in will be reflected in the judge's opinion to give them less time or help them become better people once they are set free.
The program helped many people get a second chance at life. Now many people, young and old, have the chance to do what is right and make life much easier for them to be with their children and not have to look over their shoulder every time they hear a police siren or ambulance.
Tyshell Plater, Baltimore