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6th May '16 5:20:28 AM bificommander
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* The titular character in ''Film/Fresh'' gets himself and his sister into this program, and more importantly, out of the CrapsackWorld of his crime-ridden ghetto. [[spoiler: What this barely-teenaged boy isn't telling the cops is that he engineered all the crimes he witnessed himself to PayEvilUntoEvil.]]
4th May '16 4:28:03 PM karstovich2
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The United States Department of Justice has a '''Witness Protection Program''', in which a person [[HeKnowsTooMuch who has given significant information]] about someone who is wanted for crimes is given a new identity in a new location. It may be used in the case of an innocent party who testified against, say, a member of the mafia, but is often used to protect a member of organized crime who has done a HeelFaceTurn and testified for the government in court. To keep said witness from becoming either part of the concrete used to construct Exit 74 on the New Jersey Turnpike, or the main ingredient in Bark-O Dog Food, the Federal government provides them with a new place to live and a new identity.

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The United States Department of Justice has a '''Witness Protection Program''', in which a person [[HeKnowsTooMuch who has given significant information]] about someone who is wanted for crimes is given a new identity in a new location. It may be used in the case of an innocent party who testified against, say, a member of the mafia, but is often used to protect a member of organized crime who has done a HeelFaceTurn and testified for the government in court. To keep said witness from becoming either part of the concrete used to construct rebuild Exit 74 72 on the New Jersey Turnpike, or the main ingredient in Bark-O Dog Food, the Federal government provides them with a new place to live and a new identity.
30th Apr '16 3:45:31 AM foxley
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* ''Series/DCIBanks'': In "The Buried", Banks and his team are baffled when a murder victim seems to have no history before five years ago. He turns out to be in the witness protection program. His new location was uncovered when he was photographed running a marathon in his new identity and the photo ran in the newspaper.
11th Apr '16 6:03:00 PM dmcreif
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'''Witness Protection''' is a function of the U.S. Department of Justice, in which a person [[HeKnowsTooMuch who has given significant information]] about someone who is wanted for crimes is given a new identity in a new location. It may be used in the case of an innocent party who testified against, say, a member of the mafia, but is often used to protect a member of organized crime who has done a HeelFaceTurn and testified for the government in court. To keep said witness from becoming either part of the concrete used to construct Exit 74 on the next Turnpike or the main ingredient in Bark-O Dog Food, the Federal government provides them with a new place to live and a new identity.

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The United States Department of Justice has a '''Witness Protection''' is a function of the U.S. Department of Justice, Protection Program''', in which a person [[HeKnowsTooMuch who has given significant information]] about someone who is wanted for crimes is given a new identity in a new location. It may be used in the case of an innocent party who testified against, say, a member of the mafia, but is often used to protect a member of organized crime who has done a HeelFaceTurn and testified for the government in court. To keep said witness from becoming either part of the concrete used to construct Exit 74 on the next Turnpike New Jersey Turnpike, or the main ingredient in Bark-O Dog Food, the Federal government provides them with a new place to live and a new identity.



Once the person goes in, it's basically a one-way black hole; there is no connection between them and their previous life. If they are wanted for crimes or leave behind debts prior to going into the program, they will not be reachable. The Justice Department has even told the IRS to get lost for the collection of unpaid taxes by someone who went into the program. So far, not a single person who has entered the US Federal Witness Protection program and followed all the rules properly has ever been killed (although the same cannot be said for people who don't follow the rules).

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Once the person goes in, it's basically a one-way black hole; trip; there is no connection between them and their previous life. If they are wanted for crimes or leave behind debts prior to going into the program, they will not be reachable. The Justice Department has even told the IRS to get lost for the collection of unpaid taxes by someone who went into the program. So far, not a single person who has entered the US Federal Witness Protection program and followed all the rules properly has ever been killed (although the same cannot be said for people who don't follow the rules).



* ''Film/DonnieBrasco'' went into this after the events detailed in the movie. Al Pacino's character in RealLife was very surprised and very, very pissed when "Donnie" walked into the courtroom to testify as an FBI agent. Eventually the agent was able to return to his normal life after the Fed's managed to get the Mob to call off the hit on him.

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* ''Film/DonnieBrasco'' went into this after the events detailed in the movie. Al Pacino's character in RealLife was very surprised and very, very pissed when "Donnie" walked into the courtroom to testify as an under his real name, FBI agent.agent Joseph D. Pistone. Eventually the agent was able to return to his normal life after the Fed's managed to get the Mob to call off the hit on him.


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* ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'': Lucas Goodwin, incarcerated by Frank Underwood's manipulations, manages to get himself into a program with information on the Armenian mob. But it's merely to get himself out of jail, since Lucas immediately sneaks his way to Heather Dunbar's campaign trying to convince someone that he's not crazy. That fails, so Lucas subsequently tries to assassinate Frank at a rally, only succeeding in crippling Frank and killing one Secret Service agent before being gunned down himself.
* ''Series/BlueBloods'': In "Power Players," ADA Erin Reagan and her investigator Alex [=McBride=] have to bring a witness out of Witness Protection to testify against a mob boss in a murder trial.
19th Mar '16 7:15:55 AM res20stupid
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* [[RealityEnsues This actually gets them in trouble with the Marshals]] since [[spoiler: the killer was following them and attacked the witness after he was interviewed by Castle and Beckett]].

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* ** [[RealityEnsues This actually gets them in trouble with the Marshals]] since [[spoiler: the killer was following them and attacked the witness after he was interviewed by Castle and Beckett]].
19th Mar '16 7:10:01 AM res20stupid
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* [[RealityEnsues This actually gets them in trouble with the Marshals]] since [[spoiler: the killer was following them and attacked the witness after he was interviewed by Castle and Beckett]].
9th Mar '16 10:32:07 AM 69BookWorM69
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* At the end of the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "The Black Hand", Murdoch explains to Anna Fulford that she needs to leave Toronto because the Black Hand has a contract on her [[spoiler: for the theft of counterfeit money her fiancé committed]]. He gives her a manila envelope with the details of a new life and background for her, telling her they cannot have further contact. She doesn't stay gone, but returns to work as a librarian in Toronto in the two-parter "Stroll on the Wild Side", and Murdoch is aghast when he recognizes her. Eventually, the Black Hand proves to be back in the person of Mr. Falcone, and she has to disappear [[DeathStagedForYou more permanently this time]].

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* At the end of the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "The Black Hand", Murdoch explains to Anna Fulford that she needs to leave Toronto because the Black Hand has a contract on her [[spoiler: for the theft of counterfeit money her fiancé committed]]. He gives her a manila envelope with the details of a new life and background for her, telling her they cannot have further contact. She doesn't stay gone, but returns to work as a librarian in Toronto in the two-parter "Stroll on the Wild Side", and Murdoch is aghast when he recognizes her. Eventually, the Black Hand proves to be back in the person of Mr. Falcone, and she has to disappear [[DeathStagedForYou [[DeathFakedForYou more permanently this time]].
9th Mar '16 10:29:28 AM 69BookWorM69
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* At the end of the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "The Black Hand", Murdoch explains to Anna Fulford that she needs to leave Toronto because the Black Hand has a contract on her [[spoiler: for the theft of counterfeit money her fiancé committed]]. He gives her a manila envelope with the details of a new life and background for her, telling her they cannot have further contact. She doesn't stay gone, but returns to work as a librarian in Toronto in the two-parter "Stroll on the Wild Side", and Murdoch is aghast when he recognizes her. Eventually, the Black Hand proves to be back in the person of Mr. Falcone, and she has to disappear [[DeathStagedForYou more permanently this time]].
20th Jan '16 7:11:36 PM KidDynamite
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* ''Film/MyBlueHeaven'' is about the escapades of a former mobster in the program who just can't quite give up the crime and follow the rules.
3rd Jan '16 8:13:38 PM Tyrathius
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