Fugitives with non-violent crimes asked to surrender for reduced punishment | Paterson Times

Fugitives with non-violent crimes asked to surrender for reduced punishment


The attorney general’s office working in tandem with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office is holding “fugitive safe surrender” program for individuals with outstanding warrants in Jersey City this week.

The program allows wanted individuals to turn themselves in for a considerably reduced punishment. “Fugitives hiding from the law in New Jersey will soon have the opportunity to surrender safely at a Jersey City church, take responsibility for their offenses, and obtain favorable consideration from the court, through Fugitive Safe Surrender-North Jersey,” according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

Fugitives will be allowed to turn themselves in between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 through Saturday.

Between 3,000 to 4,000 people are expected to turn themselves in during the four day program. “If you are wanted for a non-violent offense, we invite you to join the 13,000 individuals from across New Jersey who have already placed themselves on the right side of the law, thanks to Fugitive Safe Surrender,” said John Hoffman, acting attorney general. “Though not an amnesty program, this represents the best opportunity and the best deal you will ever find.”

“The vast majority of participants – typically, more than 99 percent of those who surrender – will be able to return home the same day,” according to the office.

“Fugitive Safe Surrender creates an important, limited-time opportunity to face a judge, face up to your offenses, and get your life back on track. Anyone wanted for a non-violent offense in New Jersey should take advantage of this initiative,” said Camelia Valdes, Passaic County Prosecutor.

Individuals wishing to surrender are encouraged to visit Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church, located at 661 Montgomery Street, Jersey City.