Find US Marshals Service offices. The United States Marshals Service provides information on federal fugitives, most wanted lists, prisoner transport, the witness protection program, federal arrest warrants, and law enforcement.
The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal law enforcement agency for the U.S. court system. Each of the 94 federal judicial districts has a U.S. Marshal managing and supervising a team of Deputy Marshals and Criminal Investigators. U.S. Marshals are presidential appointees responsible for providing security for judicial officials and witnesses, prisoner operations and transportation, fugitive operations, and other law enforcement functions in support of the court system.
The Court Security Officer Program provides courthouse security and protects judges, attorneys, jurors, and other court officials at more than 700 judicial facilities across the country. The U.S. Marshals Service also provides input regarding the safety elements of the design and construction of court buildings. Government witnesses and their dependents can also receive protection when their testimony may put them in danger. The U.S. Marshal Service operates the Witness Protection Program, which protects, relocates, and gives new identities to some witnesses and their family members.
The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for managing the detention of federal prisoners, largely through contracts with state and local government jails, while other detainees are held in Federal Bureau of Prison facilities. The Marshals Service operates the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System, which is an air and ground transportation system for moving prisoners between judicial districts, correctional institutions, and foreign countries. The system also serves the Bureau of Customs and Immigration Enforcement.
The U.S. Marshals Service apprehends fugitives with felony warrants and works with other law enforcement agencies to assist in apprehending state and local fugitives as well as international fugitives. Fugitive Operations also involves coordinating extraditions and deportations.
The Marshals Service manages and sells assets seized through the federal Asset Forfeiture Program. In this program, properties seized from criminals by law enforcement agencies and U.S. Attorneys are sold, with the proceeds going toward law enforcement activities.
A Special Operations Group of the Marshals Service carries out special missions related to the agency's law enforcement and judicial security responsibilities. The Special Operations Group remains on-call 24 hours a day to respond to emergency situations. This group also assists the military in moving Minuteman and cruise missiles between military facilities.