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Safe Surrender Week Sets Record

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Jersey City, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

Last week Jersey City held their “fugitive safe surrender” program where people with outstanding warrants were encouraged to turn themselves in and in return would face a minimal penalty.

The week turned out to be a huge success and even set a new record in New Jersey. Nearly 5,000 fugitives peacefully turned themselves in and about 10,000 non-violent warrants were taken care of.

Since 2005, this safe surrender program has been used five times in New Jersey and some people question whether or not most of these fugitives are multiple offenders.

While these fugitives were waiting in line to turn themselves in, they were offered 50 social services including possible job opportunities.

During this week in Jersey City only two people were taken into custody and those were for out-of-state warrants.

Former fugitive and Iraq veteran, Eddie Restrepo discussed how this program helped him. “My fines were possibly about nine to ten thousand and I came out with hundreds,” he said.

Approximately $40,000 of court income was collected during the surrender and every fugitive who turned themselves in represents about $500 saved for the local government.

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