Fugitive Safe Surrender program in Akron this week

AKRON -- The Ohio attorney general's Fugitive Safe Surrender program will be held in Akron this week.

Fugitives with misdemeanors or low-level felony warrants can turn themselves in 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at The House of the Lord, 1650 Diagonal Road, Akron.

According to the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office, there are 6,000 felony warrants in Summit County and 16,000 misdemeanor warrants in Akron, Barberton and Stow.

The goal of the program is to allow those with outstanding warrants to resolve them in a neutral environment, eliminating the need for law enforcement to seek them out.

In addition to law enforcement and judges, public defenders will be in attendance to provide legal advice.

Other social service providers and community organizations are also on hand to provide guidance, assistance and day care services. Representatives from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will also be present to reinstate the licenses of those who qualify.

While this is not an amnesty program, judges will give consideration to those who voluntarily turn themselves in during the event.

The majority of those who surrender are released on the same day after having their cases heard and adjudicated.


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