State authorities say more than 4,500 fugitives turned themselves in during New Jersey's most recent safe surrender program, setting a new record.
Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says about 10,000 warrants overall for nonviolent offenses were resolved during the event staged last week in Jersey City. The majority involved traffic offenses, misdemeanors, child support or probation violations.
Fewer than one percent were wanted for felonies, and two people were taken into custody. Hoffman says about $40,000 in fines were collected, a number that's expected to more than double as payment plans are worked out.
There have been four other fugitive safe surrenders in New Jersey in recent months.
Officials say the program helps people get on with their lives and clear a backlog of nonviolent cases.
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