Fugitive surrender program in Newark

October 5, 2009 3:33:40 PM PDT
Law enforcement officials are making it easier for fugitives in northern New Jersey to turn themselves in.They announceed an expansion of the Fugitive Safe Surrender program in Newark Monday.

The program is already in place in Camden, where more than 2,000 people surrendered last year. The national program was begun in Cleveland in 2005 and has spread to New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, South Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee, Arizona, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

The northern New Jersey program will be hosted at Bethany Baptist Church and will affect mainly nonviolent offenders in Essex and Union counties. Fugitives with outstanding warrants can have their cases heard on site or be given a voucher for a future court date.

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