Operation Safe Surrender ends in NJ

CAMDEN, N.J. - November 22, 2008 2,000 fugitives walked through those doors and turned themselves in with hope of getting a fresh start.

Kevin Bradley has been on the run from the law for more than a decade.

The Atlanta Georgia resident piled up traffic ticket after traffic ticket in the area during the 90's.

"My mother actually saw it on TV and said you might want to come and down and check it out and deal with your situation," Bradley said.

So yesterday he flew in, joined hundreds of other fugitives, withstood the bitter cold, and finally faced the law.

"I came down not knowing what's going to happen, hoping for the best and got them all, basically, dismissed," Bradley said.

The initiative began Wednesday.

New Jersey launched it after other states, including Pennsylvania, had success.

"As far as we've heard, our opening numbers here in Camden have surpassed everyone's in the country," Wren Ingram of Operation Safe Surrender said.

The fugitive safe surrender program allows non-violent offenders to reenter the court system and by doing so, judges will review their cases favorably.

"It literally would take us years to arrest this many fugitives, it's a safety issue for the community, they won't be on the run, they won't be in high speed chases," US Marshal Jim Plosis said.

Kevin Johnson is another fugitive who took advantage of the program. The Camden resident has outstanding warrants for child support.

"I'm tired of ducking, looking behind my back every minute," Johnson said.

Kevin Bradley now heads back to Georgia, but without the heavy burden that's weighed on him for years.

Soon, he'll have his own license and once again be in the drivers seat on the road of life.

According to authorities, of the estimated 2,000 fugitives who took advantage of the program, only about a dozen were arrested.

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