I served as a volunteer in the recent Fugitive Safe Surrender program held at the Lisbon Church of the Nazarene. I was disappointed that there was not a greater response, yet I do not consider the program a failure.
The first young lady who came is studying to qualify for a place in the medical field. She came to erase her past mistakes and enter a new career field without having to look over her shoulder. I wish her the best.
However, I think we need to evaluate the program's strengths and weaknesses and try again for greater success. In my view probably the greatest weakness was advertising.
The program is endeavoring to reach individuals who may not read the newspaper or listen to the evening news. The advertising effort needs to be strengthened, perhaps with increased participation from the news media, but with some other avenue opened to inform those not in tune with the media.
I would urge the Municipal Court judges to set a tentative date (if this is possible) for the next Fugitive Safe Surrender to formulate strategies for increased success.
Harold A. Backer