Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was onsite as Fugitive Safe Surrender: Richland County took place in Mansfield at the Oasis of Love Church, from October 5th through 8th, 2011.
"There are currently over 5,500 outstanding warrants on record in Richland County, situations that could lead to unnecessary confrontations between offenders and law enforcement," said Attorney General DeWine. "Fugitive Safe Surrender is not amnesty, but a chance for persons with outstanding warrants to handle them in a safe, faith-based setting."
Fugitive Safe Surrender offers individuals with non-violent felony and misdemeanor warrants the ability to turn themselves in to law enforcement and have their case adjudicated, typically at a community church. The Fugitive Safe Surrender program has been a success in Cleveland since it was started by United States Marshal Pete Elliott in 2005 after a Cleveland police officer was killed. More than 34,000 people have surrendered nationally, including more than 10,000 in northern Ohio.
Fugitive Safe Surrender Richland County is the first expansion of the program to hold an event under Attorney General DeWine. A long-time supporter of the program since its inception, Attorney General DeWine announced in March that Fugitive Safe Surrender would continue under the Ohio Attorney General's Office after federal support was cut for the program.
"Thanks to the partnerships with local law enforcement, judges, and political and religious leaders, Fugitive Safe Surrender Richland County has the potential to have a tremendous positive impact on the community and make Richland County a safer place for families and law enforcement," Attorney General DeWine said. "Fugitive Safe Surrender works because of the partnerships between the community and law enforcement, and that partnership is a model we hope to see expand to other communities in Ohio in the near future."