Tuesday, November 5, 2013

NJ Fugitive Safe Surrender - Helping non-violent fugitives set things right

From November 6-11, hundreds of volunteers, judges, court administrators, attorneys and non-violent fugitives with outstanding warrants will gather in Jersey City for the states 5th Fugitive Safe Surrender initiative. The four-day program will allow United States citizens with open warrants in New Jersey to appear in front of a judge, receive "favorable treatment", and remove their fugitive status.  FSS is not an amnesty program.  The typical outcome for most participants is a reduction in their fines or probation.

New Jersey’s first Fugitive Safe Surrender took place in Camden in 2008 and was organized by the United States Marshal for the District of New Jersey.  Over the course of that four-day event, 2,245 individuals with outstanding warrants took the opportunity to surrender to law enforcement and help pave the way for a more successful future. Subsequent Safe Surrender’s were planned, organized and executed by a broad consortium including the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey State Parole Board, New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, New Jersey Office of Information Technology, New Jersey Transit. Key partners include local law enforcement, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, the Police Institute at Rutgers-Newark and numerous community-based social service agencies like Newark Community Solutions. Since the first NJ Fugitive Safe Surrender in Camden, similar events occurred in Atlantic City, Newark and Somerset County, NJ. To date more than 10,000 fugitives have turned themselves in at NJ Safe Surrenders. Less than 1% of participants were taken into custody.

Participant (fugitive) registration for the Jersey City Fugitive Safe Surrender event will take place at the Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church, 661 Montgomery St. in Jersey City from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive early! For information, call (855) 337-6512 or visit the Fugitive Safe Surrender. http://www.fssnj.com/ 

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