NEWARK - New Jersey fugitives have an opportunity to turn themselves in next month and likely receive reduced sentences or fines.
A program called Fugitive Safe Surrender-North Jersey is a chance for those running from the law to face their charges. It's expected that most who turn themselves in will not go to jail.
Acting Attorney General John Hoffman along with prosecutors from Hudson, Bergen and Passaic counties announced the program Wednesday morning.
"If you face possible jail time from a non-violent offense, as long as you have no prior history to violence," Hoffman says. "You can expect to be placed on probation rather than taken into custody."
There have been four Fugitive Safe Surrender programs in the past and fewer than one percent of those who turned themselves in were actually taken into custody.
A fugitive can have a warrant from anywhere in the state, but must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and present ID.
The program will take place Nov. 6 through 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church in Jersey City.