U.S. Marshals Service (USMS)

If you were ever a fugitive from justice, apprehended in a federal raid, entered a federal courthouse, or were a defendant in a federal criminal case, you most likely came into contact with a Deputy United States Marshal

Who Is The U.S. Marshals Service

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 566 U.S.The U.S. Marshals Service is a Federal Law Enforcement agency of the U.S. Department of Justice that protects the federal judiciary, apprehends federal fugitives, manages and sells seized assets acquired by criminals through illegal activities, houses and transports federal prisoners and operates the Witness Security Program.

U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group

The Special Operations Group (SOG) is a specially trained and highly disciplined tactical unit. It is a self-supporting response team capable of responding to emergencies anywhere in the United States or its territories. Most of the deputy marshals who have volunteered to be SOG members serve as full-time deputies in Marshals Service offices throughout the nation, and they remain on call 24 hours a day for SOG missions.


Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System

The Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS) is an air transport service of full size commercial aircraft operated by the U.S. Marshals to move prisoners between correctional institutions. JPATS transports prisoners in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) as well as to hearings, court appearances and detention facilities. JPATS serves approximately 42 cities nationwide.

U.S. Marshals Powers of Enforcement

Pursuant to 18 U.S. Code § 3053 and 28 U.S. Code § 566 and at the direction of the Attorney General of the United States, United States Marshals and Deputy United States Marshals are authorized to:

  • Carry firearms for the purpose of performing the duties
  • Obtain and execute search, arrest warrants and serve subpoenas
  • Investigate fugitive matters, both within and outside the United States
  • Make arrests for any felony offense against the U.S. committed in their presence
  • Issue administrative subpoenas in the investigation of unregistered sex offenders

U.S. Marshals Primary Responsibilities

  • Apprehend Wanted Fugitives
  • Hunt for and Apprehend Escaped Convicts
  • Transporting prisoners and criminal aliens
  • Execute and enforce all orders of the Federal Courts
  • Apprehension of non-compliant and fugitive sex offenders
  • Provide Security At Federal Courthouses and to Federal Judges
  • Remove violent gang members, weapons, and drugs from society
  • House federal prisoners during the judicial process prior to sentencing
  • Make arrests without warrant for offenses against the U.S. committed in his presence