Columbus To Reduce Number of Arrests for Non-Violent Offenses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--In an effort to reduce the number of arrests for non-violent offenses, the city of Columbus will no longer take many defendants into custody for an outstanding warrant for a non-violent crime.

Instead, those offenders will be issued a summons to appear in court.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein announced Thursday that city leaders came to an agreement on the new permanent policy.

Klein says it will reduce the amount of people who are being unnecessarily arrested.

Officers will still have discretion on whether to offer the second summons based on the details of the occurring incident, according to Klein.

He says Columbus Police, the city Clerk of Courts, and Municipal Court all worked with his office in the new policy.

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