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National Public Registry of Active-Warrants: A Policy Proposal

Volume 79 Number 1
June 2015

Increasing the efficiency of warrant investigations would return substantial benefits to taxpayers. It could increase voluntary surrender among wanted persons, expedite the ability of citizens to offer tips, and address such high-cost problems as risk of false arrests due to errors in warrant databases. The author discusses the feasibility and advantages of a national public registry of active warrants as a way to address these needs.