“Fugitive Safe Surrender” Returning to NJ
Fugitive Safe Surrender-New Jersey Southern Region was announced today by New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and other law enforcement officials. Fugitives hiding from the law will soon have the opportunity to surrender safely at a neutral location in Atlantic City.
Those who turn themselves in would receive favorable consideration from the court, often in the form of reduced fines or probation requirements instead of incarceration.
The program is open to individuals wanted on warrants by New Jersey law enforcement officials for non-violent crimes or disorderly persons offenses, including family matters and child support. The program is also open to those who live out of state but have open warrants in New Jersey.
Today's news conference promoted the program as the last of its kind in New Jersey. A total of more than 10,000 fugitives surrendered during the first three New Jersey Fugitive Safe Surrender events.
"To those of you who have been reluctant to turn themselves in at past events, I implore you: stop running and take responsibility for your actions," Chiesa said.
He said the program reduces risk to law enforcement, as well as delivers deserved payments to courts and municipalities.
An estimated 2,500 fugitives are expected to turn themselves in during the four-day event. The surrender site will be Grace Assembly of God Church in Atlantic City. The initiative will operate on Saturday, April 21 and Monday April, April 23 through Wednesday, April 25 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day).