Long lines of New Jersey fugitives in "safe surrender" program

November 9, 2013 11:10:50 AM PST
Lines were long Saturday morning as New Jersey's latest "safe surrender" program was winding down in Jersey City.

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said that as of Friday afternoon nearly 3,000 people had come to a Jersey City church to surrender. The lines Saturday stretched for several city blocks, with the four-day program set to end at 4 p.m.

The program is open to U.S. citizens and legal residents wanted for nonviolent crimes or disorderly person offenses, including family matters and child support.

It's not an amnesty program, but does offer favorable consideration from the court, often in the form of reduced fines or probation instead of jail time.

Hoffman says 13,000 people have surrendered at four previous programs held in New Jersey.