Safe Surrender Program to be Topic of MCCC Lecture

New Jersey’s Fugitive Safe Surrender Program will be the topic of Mercer County Community College’s next Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, March 13 at noon.  The lecture will be held in the Communications Building, room 109, on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  The event is free and open to the public.

James T. Plousis, chairman of the New Jersey Parole Board, and Philip S. Aronow, supervising deputy attorney general, will discuss this program, which gives non-violent offenders the opportunity to clear their criminal records.

The Fugitive Safe Surrender Program has been held at various sites throughout New Jersey, assisting in the re-entry process by individuals wanted for non-violent crimes, such as family matters, child support, and disorderly person offenses. While not an amnesty program, Safe Surrender offers favorable consideration from the court, often in the form of reduced fines or probation instead of incarceration.

Plousis is a graduate of Slippery Rock University and the Rutgers University Public Manager Program. In 2002, he was nominated by President George W. Bush for the position of U.S. Marshal for the District of New Jersey. He has coordinated two of the largest Fugitive Safe Surrender programs in the nation, in Newark and Camden, where more than 6,300 fugitives surrendered safely at local churches.

Aronow was the coordinator and project director for the series of Fugitive Safe Surrender programs conducted across New Jersey over the past five years.  He is a police training commission certified instructor and has taught as an instructor and guest lecturer for various law schools as well as for military and law enforcement personnel throughout the state.

For more information on MCCC’s Distinguished Lecture Series, call 609-570-3324 or visit www.mccc.edu/events.

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