Calling all fugitives: Philly wants the wanted

April 30, 2008 5:20:16 PM PDT
Officials in Philadelphia are hoping to get about 6,800 fugitives to turn themselves in over the next year.

That's about 10 percent of the number of wanted individuals in the city.

The new initiative announced Wednesday is called "Peaceful Surrender." Officials say about 150 clergy members have been trained on how to accept and process a surrendering criminal.

Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison says not every fugitive needs to be locked up. He says some are hiding from traffic offenses and child support issues.

Officials say those who surrender will be shown some consideration under the law, depending on the details of their case.