New Jersey authorities announce arrest of 150 wanted fugitives
New Jersey State Police and the New Jersey Attorney General's Office announced the arrests of dozens of wanted criminals, as well as a new initiative to prevent witness intimidation.
Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced that police apprehended 150 fugitives wanted for such crimes as murder, assault and kidnapping.
"Through warrant sweeps we do not just take the criminals off the street, we come into possession of information that's utilized in the way to make new cases," Porrino says.
Officials also announced a new directive to stop victim and witness intimidation.
"It hampers law enforcement and its ability to solve and prosecute violent crimes and it just breeds more violence," Porrino says. "Not only law enforcement concerned about witness intimidation, but also our community and faith base leaders."
Prosecutors and police are asked to work together to identify and prevent witness intimidation. The program also pushes for harsher punishment for those guilty of intimidating sources.