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1,074 warrants issued in NJ child support sweep

More than 1,000 New Jersey parents were apprehended over the past week as part of a twice-yearly sweep on the state conducted by the Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey, according to The Associated Press.

The media outlet reports that a total of 1,074 arrest warrants were served across New Jersey during the three-day sweep period. The sweep targeted noncustodial parents who either failed to pay child support or did not appear at a mandatory court hearing to determine either child or medical support.

The 39 individuals arrested in Gloucester County owed a combined $703,331 in child support to former partners. Approximately $211,453 was collected by the state, according to Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzana, while an additional $18.7 million in penalties were charged.

Hundreds of people across the state were jailed over the weekend in connection with the child support sweep. In Camden County, 105 people owing about $1.849 million were apprehended; in Salem County, 61 individuals owing $879,616 and in Cumberland County, 33 people owing $1.03 million, according to the Gloucester County Times.

Last week, New Mexico announced it will soon be conducting a similar child support sweep across the state. However, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the state would be offering a week-long amnesty period for people with outstanding child support warrants if those individuals meet with a Child Support Division office to come to some sort of payment plan.

Amnesty week to collect back child support

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced the state will offer a week-long amnesty for people with outstanding arrest warrants in connection with unpaid child support, according to The Associated Press.

The governor announced that individuals who have bench arrest warrants for failing to appear in court because of unpaid child support can visit a Child Support Division office during the amnesty week without fear of arrest. At the offices, located in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho or Los Luna, violators will be able to pay a bond to have their arrest warrant cleared.

The amnesty week ends on July 28. The AP reports the program is available in Bernalillo, Sandobal and Valencia counties since those areas represent more than a third of child support enforcement cases in the state and more than $3 million in outstanding child support payments.

After the amnesty week, state law enforcement will reportedly conduct a search for individuals with outstanding arrest warrants.

There are multiple consequences for New Mexico residents who fail to pay child support. If a non-custodial parent does not pay child support, he or she may be subject to wage withholding, have his or her driver’s license revoked and be included in the state’s 25 most wanted for non-payment of child support posters.