Approximately 50 people involved with cases at the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court turned themselves in during the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program, organized by the U.S. Marshal's Office.The program, which urged nonviolent felony and misdemeanor fugitives to turn themselves in at a local church, resulted in around 50 individuals turning themselves in. The program ran from July 11 through July 14 at The House of the Lord Church in Akron."It was the first time for Safe Surrender locally," said Court Clerk Lisa Zeno Carano, "I just couldn't predict our court's involvement, but we were ready for increased activity."Fugitive Safe Surrender was the idea of Peter J. Elliott, U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio, who said he believed many non-violent fugitives wanted for low-level felonies desired a second chance at life but were fearful of turning themselves in at sheriffs, police and U.S. Marshals Service offices.Encouraged by 2005 Fugitive Safe Surrender results in Cleveland, the program was implemented in Phoenix, Ariz. in 2006, which resulted in more than 1,300 people who turned themselves in."Upon their appearance, Judges Kim Hoover and Lisa Coates recalled their warrants and their cases were adjudicated," said Zeno Carano. "We were pleased that the program was successful and that it involved some of our cases. Many people were given the opportunity to clear their record and we were able to close some cases." The court's office collected more than $7,000 in fines and costs as a result of the fugitive program. According to the Summit County Prosecutor's office, a total of 1,125 people turned themselves in during the four days of the program.