When the doors opened for one church in Camden at 9:00 am Wednesday morning, over 100 fugitives were standing in line, anxiously waiting to confess to their crimes, according to an article on Philly.com.
By the end of the day Wednesday, nearly 300 fugitives had surrendered.
Fugitives hiding from the law in any county in N.J. can safely surrender this week, November 19-November 22 at Antioch Baptist Church in Camden. And, by “Safely” surrendering the New Jersey State Parole Board (NJSPB) means fugitives can surrender “peacefully” in a “neutral setting.”
Whether a fugitive is wanted for non-violent offenses or violent offenses, their surrender will be looked at “favorably” by judges.
Those fugitives wanted for a non-violent offense and who have no prior history of violence will even have the chance to meet with county and municipal court officials so that they can get back into the court system. And, most likely, they’ll be able to go home that same day with a scheduled court date at a later time.
Employment assistance and counseling services by social workers and counselors will be available at the safe surrender for those fugitives who show up.
Also, efforts are being put forth by the NJSPB to help parolees and fugitives surrender find employment. NJSPB is working with businesses to see what kind of employment opportunities are available or can be developed.
The U.S. Marshals Service supported by the NJSPB and partner law enforcement agencies at the Federal, State and local levels bred the idea of a safe and surrender in Camden after it worked so well in other states.
Safe Surrender Details:
- Wednesday, November 19 through Saturday, November 22
- Antioch Baptist Church located at 690-700 Ferry Ave in Camden
- Between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm
- Cases will be heard at a nearby community center