For the past 2 years, New Jersey has taken part in the Fugitive Safe Surrender initiative. Fugitive Safe Surrender is a program open to individuals who are wanted by law enforcement agencies on non-violent felony or municipal warrants, giving them the opportunity to come to a "safe location" and surrender themselves. It is open to US Citizens and legal residents across the nation. A total of 25,216 individuals have turned themselves in at 17 Fugitive Safe Surrender sites nationwide, since the program's inception in 2005. In New Jersey, we have had a total of 6,368 individuals surrender in 2008 at a Camden site and in 2009 at a Newark site. Those who turn themselves in receive favorable consideration from the court, typically probation or reduced fines instead of incarceration. This year's Fugitive Safe Surrender program took place at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset.
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