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Juvenile Safe Surrender Program

Cuyahoga County, of which Cleveland, Ohio is the county seat has instituted a first of its kind of program aimed at helping youthful offenders make re-entry into their communities as law-abiding citizens and to get a second chance at life.

The Juvenile Safe Surrender program, modeled after the adult Safe Surrender program began in 2005 nationwide, is offering those young people with warrants for non-violent felonies or misdemeanors to turn themselves into the Juvenile Justice Center between Sept. 22 through Sept. 25.

By voluntarily surrendering during this period, the young person will have access to an attorney free of charge as well as community service workers to help in the transition. The young person will speak to a judge that day and dispensation of the violations will be made.

Because the youths who participate in the Juvenile Safe Surrender program have demonstrated the willingness to accept responsibility for their actions by surrendering, they will likely be granted "favorable consideration" in the sentencing.

While this is not an amnesty program as the teens must still resolves their charges, some of the teens who participated in the first day of the program received sentences that included probation and community service.



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MegL wrote on September 23, 2014, 1:43 AM

That sounds like a useful way of helping young people improve their lives instead of being totally ruined by a "moment of madness".

suffolkjason wrote on September 23, 2014, 2:29 AM

Sounds like a great idea- saves money AND gets young people back on track.

BarbRad wrote on September 23, 2014, 2:57 AM

If it works to keep kids from having to get more training from hardened criminals in jail or prison, I'm for it.

Ruby3881 wrote on September 25, 2014, 4:31 PM

This sounds like a marvellous program! I think at any age it's always best to try to help an offender than to punish. If we can use programs like this to help young offenders find useful resources or give them a volunteer experience that might teach them a skill and give them a future job reference, all the better!

paigea wrote on October 5, 2014, 8:00 PM

This sounds like a very useful program. It would be great to see it spread