(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today signed an executive order creating a task force to examine the current system of issuing and serving arrest warrants in Ohio.
“New warrants are issued every day in this state, piling on top of a growing backlog of old unserved warrants. It is simply impossible for law enforcement to keep up, which threatens the safety of our residents and communities,” said Governor DeWine. “I’m asking members of this task force to take a good look at this problem and identify options for improving this overwhelmed system.”
The Governor’s Warrant Task Force will make recommendations regarding the prioritization of warrants for serious offenders and threats to public safety; the substantial volume of outstanding warrants in Ohio; the mass issuance of warrants by courts across Ohio; and best practices for serving outstanding warrants.
A copy of the executive order can be found here.