We’ve seen plenty of dramatic TV shows and movies that have dealt with protecting witnesses from danger. The Witness Security Program is government-funded and generally does what’s portrayed in the media. These people or families will get new identities, get transferred to new places, and receive some modest income while they begin their new life. Here are some interesting tidbits about the program that you didn’t know about, such as who generally enters it and the benefits they can receive.
To make things a little easier in transition, the Witness Security Program generally keeps first names the same while changing their last name. Quite often, their initials will be the same as they were prior to the change.
Anybody inside the program can leave when they want, whether they don’t believe they’re in harm’s way or have broken specific rules. The program will generally push them into staying due to the work it takes to put them into it and for their own safety.