A safe surrender program for people on the run from the law will return to Akron later this month, according to faith-based and government leaders.
At a news conference Wednesday, leaders said the Fugitive Safe Surrender program will allow fugitives to voluntarily surrender at The House of the Lord in Akron from July 29 until Aug. 1.
FSS, an original program of the U.S. Marshals Service, began in 2005 in Cuyahoga County. Nearly 20,000 persons in 14 cities have surrendered through FSS since then.
This will be Summit Countys second FSS program, making it the first site to implement the program a second time. Its 2007 initiative resulted in the surrender of more than 1,100 persons.
The program does not offer amnesty. Officials said it offers people with nonviolent warrants an opportunity to take a step toward a second chance.
Temporary courtrooms are built in church offices. Judges, prosecutors, attorneys, sheriffs and other officials partner for four days to lift warrants and resolve cases.
A secular surrender site will also be available at the U.S. Courthouse for any persons who do not wish to surrender at the church.
The House of the Lord is located at 1650 Diagonal Road in Akron.
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