N.J. fugitives given chance to surrender peacefully
Law enforcement agencies are offering the state's fugitives the chance for a safe surrender through a new program.
Under the Safe Surrender program, fugitives will be able to surrender peacefully at Antioch Baptist Church in Camden between Nov. 19 and Nov. 22.
"I am hoping that they can feel like the church can be a safe place," says Rev. John Parker, of the Antioch Baptist Church.
Safe Surrender organizers say the offer is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. Judges will be on hand to hear cases, set fines and issue future court dates. Organizers do promise that any participating fugitives will be given favorable consideration for coming forward voluntarily.
According to the U.S. Marshals Service, there are as many as 45,000 New Jersey residents living with outstanding warrants over their heads.
Organizers say only 3 percent of the nearly 15,000 fugitives that have taken part in other Safe Surrender programs have gone to jail.
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