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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey law enforcement authorities are launching a "safe surrender" initiative that allows nonviolent offenders with arrest warrants to have their cases resolved quickly, often without jail time.

The four-day program starts Wednesday and runs through Saturday at Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church in Jersey City.

The program is open to U.S. citizens and legal residents wanted for nonviolent crimes or disorderly person offenses, including family matters and child support.

It's not an amnesty program, but does offer favorable consideration from the court, often in the form of reduced fines or probation instead of jail time.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

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