Last week NJ was host to its third "Safe Surrender" program, which allows fugitives with open warrants for non-violent crimes "favorable consideration" for turning themselves in. Almost 4,000 people turned themselves in over four days in Franklin, NJ, including a woman with 90 traffic tickets. But it seems that a considerable amount of people haven't kept very good track of their petty crimes: About 550 people showed up only to discover they weren’t wanted on any kind of warrant.
"Oddly enough, that’s true. For some people, this seemed to be a way to check: Do I have a warrant or not? Or maybe some people didn’t know they had a case dismissed," said state parole board spokesman Neal Buccino.