Legal Aid's Brooklyn Criminal Defense Staff Helps Clients Through The Community-based Safe Surrender Program
Staff Attorney Jane Fox talks to a client at Safe Surrender.

For the third year, The Legal Aid Society Brooklyn Criminal Defense staff participated in Project Safe Surrender, a program to vacate outstanding warrants and thereby give community residents a second chance. The program is an impressive collaboration among the Kings County District Attorney's Office, The Legal Aid Society, the New York State Office of Court Administration, the police, and a number of churches in Bedford Stuyvesant in an effort to restore the lives of those in the community with outstanding summonses. Under the leadership Dawn Ryan, the Attorney-in-Charge of the Society's Brooklyn Criminal Defense office, lawyers, paralegals, investigators, administrative and support staff, and technical support staff worked at Mount Sion Baptist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant where a temporary courtroom was set up. Hundreds of New Yorkers received a second chance by getting summonses and warrants dismissed Friday, December 14, and Saturday, December 15.