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N.J. Attorney General: Fugitives Should Take Advantage of 'Safe Surrender'

The program offers fugitives wanted for non-violent crimes a chance to surrender in a neutral location. Those who do will receive more favorable consideration from the court.

To the Editor:

Fugitives hiding from the law will soon have the opportunity to surrender safely at a neutral location in Atlantic City, take responsibility for their offenses and receive favorable consideration from the court.

Fugitive Safe Surrender–New Jersey Southern Region offers those wanted on New Jersey warrants for non-violent offenses a final opportunity to resolve their matters. The previous Fugitive Safe Surrenders events in New Jersey allowed more than 10,000 people to stop running from the law.  

Fugitive Safe Surrender will operate on Saturday, April 21 and Monday, April 23 through Wednesday, April 25 at Grace Assembly of God Church, 201 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City. Individuals can turn themselves in at the church from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Their cases will be adjudicated at temporary courtrooms a few blocks away. The program will NOT operate on April 22.

The U.S. Marshals Service launched the first Fugitive Safe Surrender initiative in 2005 in Ohio, after a city police officer was murdered in the line of duty while attempting to capture a fugitive who had an open warrant for a non-violent offense.

The initiative is only open to U.S. citizens, legal residents or those who are lawfully in the United States.  Individuals who are not in the United States lawfully are not eligible to participate.  

I encourage anyone who is eligible to participate in Fugitive Safe Surrender to take this opportunity for a fresh start.  

For more information, go to http://www.fssnj.com or call 855-FSS-NJ12 (377-6512.)

Jeffrey S. Chiesa
New Jersey Attorney General

Anne Carroll April 19, 2012 at 09:36 PM
At last! A breath of fresh air in our approach non-violent crimes. PS: If anyone want to hear my speech/rant on legalizing all drugs, hard and soft, please let me know. PPS: Ditto on prostitution, although I'm very happy "Happy Endings" massage parlor has departed our little town. [Hey, were they paying Colls taxes?]
David Vaccaro April 20, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Editors: Is this website owned by the Soros Family. If so, isn't this something the readers should know? Thanks
Lauren Burgoon April 20, 2012 at 03:50 AM
David, No need to leave the same comment on several stories. You can always email the editor of a site directly if you have questions that don't pertain to the subject at hand. Patch is part of AOL. AOL purchased The Huffington Post in 2011 and you can read about it here: http://corp.aol.com/about-aol/overview.
David Vaccaro April 20, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Lauren Burgoon 11:50 pm on Thursday, April 19, 2012 David, No need to leave the same comment on several stories. You can always email the editor of site directly if you have questions that don't pertain to the subject at hand. Patch is part of AOL. AOL purchased the Huffington Post in 2011 and you can read about it hare:http:/corp.aol.com/about-aol/overview. Thanks, But who owns this particular website?
Christina Paciolla April 20, 2012 at 04:23 AM
David, Each Patch site has an editor. There are more than 800 sites in the country and we are all under the umbrella of of AOL and Huffington Post. This story appeared on several sites. Whatever site you happen to be on, you can go to the home page and see the editor's picture, name and information in the upper left corner. Christina, Editor of Cinnaminson Patch

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