Camden's fugitive amnesty program draws 2,245

November 25, 2008 10:28:47 AM PST
Nearly three times the number of fugitives expected turned themselves in during an amnesty program in Camden. Camden was the 12th city to host the national program. The 2,245 who surrendered made Camden's initiative the second largest in the program's history, behind only Detroit.

Fugitive Safe Surrender is run through the U.S. Marshals Service as a way to help nonviolent offenders resolve warrants, often without jail time.

U.S. Marshal for New Jersey James Plousis says the four-day event greatly exceeded expectations.

Some 682 had their cases resolved the day they surrendered and 1,563 were given vouchers to return to court in December. Eighty-three who surrendered at Antioch Baptist Church had no active warrants against them, and nine people were arrested.

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