Program Will Give Fugitives Chance to Surrender
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WOLO) – Fugitives who turn themselves in at a Columbia church in May can see a judge and possibly pan fines without having to spend time behind bars.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is offering a safe surrender program at Greater St. Luke Baptist Church M.L. Smith Child Development Center 5213 Farrow Road on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Mother’s Day Weekend.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said, “This is the opportunity to get your charges taken care of, so your time can be better spent with mom.”
“Pastor Michael Baker, pastor of Greater St. Luke Baptist Church, has graciously allowed for the use of the M.L. Smith Child Development Center as the location where mom’s precious treasures can turn themselves in,” Lott said. “This will be a safe environment where you can be seen quickly, and it allows us to help you do the right thing.”
Sheriff Lott, the Richland County Magistrates Office, Clerk of Courts Office, and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Warrant Division will make available for those wanted by the law, the chance to see a judge immediately to have a bond set and possibly pay fines owed without first going to jail, officials say.
To make your visit quicker, call the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Warrants Division Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. prior to May 7th, and your paperwork will be prepared prior to your arrival at 803-576-3185