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Akron Beacon Journal – In 2005, the Fugitive Safe Surrender program was a leap of faith. U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott and others in Cleveland were convinced that most fugitives, if they could do so safely, would rather settle with the law than live in the shadows, constantly looking over their shoulder. Plus, the fewer arrest warrants law enforcement officers had to serve, the less risk they would face of encountering violence.

The program worked as expected, in Ohio and elsewhere. It is good to know there’s commitment to keep it going, even though the U.S. Marshals Service has yanked its funding ($250,000 a year), threatening its survival. In addition to strong support from Mike DeWine, Ohio’s attorney general, the Plain Dealer last week reported a donation of $100,000 from real estate magnate Sam Miller and a legislative push by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to secure funding.

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