witness protection program
- A government initiative designed to safeguard individuals who provide crucial testimony in severe criminal cases, usually through measures such as assistance in forming a new identity or relocating to a safe place
- The accused was so intimidating that the prosecution witness had to be placed in the witness protection program for safety.
- After his testimony against the mob boss, he entered the witness protection program and started a new life in a different city.
- The witness protection program provides a safety net for people who fear retaliation after providing critical evidence in serious criminal trials.