RCSD: 114 warrants served/$1,395,301 arrearages
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced today that 114 family court warrants were served and $1,395,301 in arrearages has been recovered; during a two day “amnesty period” held January 6th and 7th, 2014.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Warrant Division sent 1,200 letters to fugitives who had outstanding family court warrants. In cooperation with Richland County Family Court, the Warrant Division had 96 people turn themselves in and immediately be seen by a judge to arrange sentencing and payments.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that it is important to provide these “amnesty” opportunities so people can be held accountable for their actions but more importantly so that the true victims of family court warrants can receive justice. The Sheriff stated that these operations give people the opportunity to take responsibility for their obligations and for the Department to increase its efficiency and effectiveness.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the Warrant Division will again be conducting another “amnesty” operation in February and anyone wishing to make arrangements to turn themselves in should contact 803-576- 3185.
The Sheriff added that the “amnesty” programs will not take the place of continuing to search for those who run from justice and fail to take responsibility for their actions – the Sheriff’s Department will continue to pursue fugitives and continue to work on making Richland County the best place to live, work and play.
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