Federal legislation has been introduced to restore funding to Fugitive Safe Surrender, a life-changing program that began in Cleveland in 2004.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) proposed transferring funding of Fugitive Safe Surrender from the U.S. Marshals Service to the U.S. Attorney General's office, which would have flexibility in how to adminster the program.
The U.S. Marshals Service recently announced it could no longer afford Fugitive Safe Surrender, which has seen more than 35,000 fugitives surrender voluntarily and peacefully in approximately 20 U.S. cities.
"Fugitive Safe Surrender is a national success story that started right here in Ohio," Brown said, in a statement released Wednesday.
"It's a prime example of how law enforcement officials can work together with community leaders to create a safer environment for everyone."
The goal of Fugitive Safe Surrender is to reduce the risk to law enforcement officers who pursue fugitives, to the neighborhoods in which they hide, and to the fugitives themselves.
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