New Jersey Fugitive Safe Surrender Program Begins

SOMERSET, NJ (AP / WCBS 880) – Officials say about 1,000 people surrendered in the first hours of New Jersey’s “Fugitive Safe Surrender” program Wednesday.


WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports from Somerset

Offenders with outstanding warrants can turn themselves in through Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset.

Fugitives do not receive amnesty. But officials say they are viewed favorably by the courts, often receiving probation or reduced fines. They also may get job skills training and substance abuse counseling referrals.

New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow says the program is cost-effective and poses less risk to law enforcement officers.

More than 25,000 people nationwide have turned themselves in since the program began in Cleveland in 2005.

Offenders with outstanding warrants can turn themselves in through Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset.

Fugitives do not receive amnesty. But officials say they are viewed favorably by the courts, often receiving probation or reduced fines. They also may get job skills training and substance abuse counseling referrals.

New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow says the program is cost-effective and poses less risk to law enforcement officers.

LINK: Fugitive Safe Surrender New Jersey (Official Website)

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  1. zaki woodard says:

    I think this was a great program I was there for a warrant I had from 2001 I don’t get in trouble anymore ppl like me appeciate this program it helps us to get on with our lives

  2. C.J. says:

    That is a great deal for them. Those who show up to court on the scheduled date for offenses such as speeding are banged over the head with fines and court costs and points on the license.

  3. Roy says:

    So these “fugitives” who know winter is approaching ,turn themselves in get released withhout bail,and special treatment when sentenced. What a deal…sounds like more people will run,then wait for amnesty day to turn themselves in for special treatment……………….what a brilliant plan….

    1. Jon says:

      Get off your high horse Jack. Everyone deserves a second chance. Your opinion serves no other purpose other than to incite people. Keep it to yourself.

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