Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recently announced that plans for a Fugitive Safe Surrender event in Mahoning County have now been confirmed.
The program, which allows those with outstanding non-violent misdemeanor or felony warrants to turn themselves in, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20, 21, and 22 at the First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave., Youngstown. A secular site will also be available.
Two other Fugitive Safe Surrender events were held simultaneously in Trumbull and Columbiana counties in July where 135 people turned themselves in.
"We were pleased with the turnout we had in Warren and Lisbon this summer, and we hope even more people follow that example and take advantage of this unique opportunity," said DeWine. "By allowing folks to surrender in a neutral environment like a church, it eliminates the possibility of unnecessary confrontations with law enforcement which could end with someone getting hurt."
It is estimated that there are approximately 15,000 outstanding warrants in Mahoning County, as compared to 5,000 in Trumbull County and 3,000 in Columbiana County.
The Ohio Attorney General's Office began funding the Fugitive Safe Surrender program last year after federal dollars to fund the events were cut.
Community members can find more information on the program by visiting the Ohio Attorney General's Fugitive Safe Surrender FAQs website or by calling 1-877-647-8773.