Justice Prisoner & Alien
Transportation System (JPATS)
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|In 1995, the air fleets of the Marshals Service and
the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) merged to
create the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS).
The merger created a more efficient and effective system for
transporting prisoners and criminal aliens. Managed by the Marshals
Service, JPATS is one of the largest transporters of prisoners in
the world - handling about 804 requests every day to move prisoners
between judicial districts, correctional institutions and foreign
Non-Federal Movement Request
supports the federal judiciary through its scheduling and transportation
responsibilities. JPATS transports sentenced prisoners who are in the custody of
the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) as well as to hearings, court appearances
and detention facilities. Military and civilian law enforcement agencies use
JPATS to shuttle their prisoners between different jurisdictions at a fraction
of what commercial sources would charge.
On average, JPATS completes over 280,000 prisoner/alien movements per year. A
network of aircraft, cars, vans and buses accomplishes these coordinated
movements. JPATS operates a fleet of aircraft which moves prisoners over long
distances more economically and with higher security than commercial airlines.
Nearly all air movements are done aboard large and small jets that JPATS owns or
leases. Ground transportation is usually provided by the Marshals Service and
is the only government-operated, regularly scheduled passenger
airline in the nation. JPATS routinely serves approximately 42
domestic and international cities, plus other major cities in the
United States on an as-required basis.
Detailed itineraries are required to ensure that each prisoner
appears in court at a designated time. All scheduling is handled at
JPATS headquarters, located in Kansas City, MO. The Air fleet
operations center is in Oklahoma City, OK with a hub in Las Vegas.
Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS):
Shannon Brown, Assistant Director (816) 467-1900
Scott A. Wilhelm, Chief of Aviation
Kansas City, MO (816)
Security/Scheduling - Scott
Deputy Assistant DirectorKansas City, MO (816) 467-1900
Kathleen Maupin, Chief Business Manager
Kansas City, MO (816) 467-1900