Fugitives from justice throughout Monmouth County will have the opportunity to safely surrender and receive favorable consideration from the courts through Fugitive Safe Surrender-Central New Jersey. The program begins Wednesday, November 3rd, and ends Saturday, November 6th, at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, 771 Somerset Street, Somerset. Fugitives can turn themselves in at the church between 9 am and 4 pm, and they will then be transported to a nearby school in New Brunswick, where their cases will be heard.
The program is a partnership of the Office of Attorney General, the US Marshals Service and a host of federal, state, county and local agencies. In Monmouth County, the Sheriff’s Office and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office will be processing and offering assistance to those who surrender. “This partnership is a prime example of how law enforcement agencies from all levels can work together,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “It also provides those who turn themselves in with a chance to start over, and, it frees up law enforcement officers to address other matters.”
Fugitive Safe Surrender is for those who are wanted on non-violent felony or misdemeanor warrants regarding family matters and child support, traffic violations or disorderly offenses.
According to Fugitive Safe Surrender New Jersey, 98 % of people who surrendered during events nationwide did not go to jail and were directly released within hours of turning themselves in. Fugitives with violent warrants may also surrender but face a higher chance of being taken into custody.
Fugitive Safe Surrender -Central New Jersey is only open to U.S. citizens or legal residents.