FitzGerald Affirms Commitment to Fugitive Safe Surrender

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CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald affirmed his commitment to the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program that was recently eliminated by the U.S. Marshals Service but will be taken over by the Ohio Attorney Generals Office.  According to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, the county contributes approximately $75,000 for the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program per year. 

“Cuyahoga County will continue to support the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program and will join with the Attorney Generals Office, judges, law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, clergy and civic leaders to assist with this important program,” said FitzGerald.  “The success of this program depends on the collaboration of our community’s resources especially in light of it’s elimination from the U.S. Marshals Service budget.” 

Fugitive Safe Surrender targets non-violent offenders who have outstanding warrants for misdemeanors and low-level felonies.  It has been a national success story that got its start in Cleveland in 2005 where it was created by U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott. 

Since 2005, over 7,431 people have voluntarily surrendered to officials in Cleveland through the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program.