Escape to Freedom: The States That Won't Extradite Felons


There are no states that will absolutely not extradite you if you have a felony warrant. However, there are a few states that are less likely to extradite in certain circumstances.

  • Alaska and Hawaii typically do not request extradition if the crime in question is not a felony, because of the associated costs.
  • South Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana have not adopted the Uniform Criminal Extradition Act (UCEA), which is the primary law that governs extradition between states. These states have their own extradition laws, which may be more difficult to meet.
  • Missouri does not participate in the UCEA, but it does have its own extradition laws.

In addition to these states, there are a few other factors that may make it less likely that a state will extradite you:

  • If you are under sentence in the state where you are currently living, the state may not extradite you until you have completed your sentence.
  • If you have a serious medical condition, the state may not extradite you if it would put your health at risk.
  • If you are a minor, the state may be less likely to extradite you, especially if you would be tried as an adult in the requesting state.

It is important to note that even if a state is less likely to extradite you, it is still possible. The decision of whether or not to extradite is ultimately up to the governor of the asylum state.

If you have a felony warrant, the best thing to do is to speak with an experienced criminal defence attorney. They can help you understand your rights and options, and they can represent you in any extradition proceedings.

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