Thousands turn themselves in during NJ safe surrender

Authorities say nearly 4,000 people turned themselves in during a four-day Fugitive Safe Surrender event in Somerset.The event took place last week at the First

NEW BRUNSWICK - Authorities say nearly 4,000 people turned themselves in during a four-day Fugitive Safe Surrender event in Somerset.

The event took place last week at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens.

The program offered people with outstanding warrants for nonviolent offenses such as traffic violations or disorderly persons charges the opportunity to surrender voluntarily and receive favorable court consideration.

Last week's event was the third held in New Jersey. Previous safe surrender events were held last year in Newark and in 2008 in Camden.

Attorney General Paula Dow said yesterday that the three-year total of fugitives surrendering through the program has topped 10,000. Each person who voluntarily surrenders represents an estimated savings of $420 to local governments, according to a Fugitive Safe Surrender news release.

AP wire services contributed to this report. 'Fugitive Safe Surrender' takes place in Somerset Officials set up Fugitive Safe Surrender in Somerset Officials announce 'Fugitive Safe Surrender' program

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