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U.S. Marshals Service

U.S. Marshals Service for Students

A Week in the Life of a Deputy U.S. Marshal

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After completing my morning workout, I contact my partner for the day, Deputy Jones. Jones and I are assigned to transport 9 prisoners from the Spokane County Jail and book them into the Benton County Jail. Prisoners are moved by the Marshals Service for a number of reasons, some being sentenced defendants (proved guilty of crime), warrant of removals (court order to move a prisoner), Bureau of Prison transfers (move prisoners to another institution), etc. My partner gets all the paper work ready while I gather all of the equipment that is required with transporting prisoners. After completing these tasks we go to the jail. We identify each prisoner to be sure we have the correct person and then search each prisoner for contraband (hidden items). Leg irons are placed on their ankles and waist chains are run around their waists then secured with handcuffs. The prisoners are put into the van and away we go. We arrive into Kennewick at 1130 hrs (11:30am) and book (record) the prisoners into the Benton County Jail. The booking process takes about 45 minutes to complete and entails the booking officer asking each prisoner medical questions and questions involving their name, date of birth, address, next of kin, etc. We complete the booking process and depart for Spokane. We decide to stop for some fast food . . . this is why we work out every day. When we arrive back at our office in Spokane, I complete more paperwork which is required after moving prisoners. Deputy Jones inventories the prisoners’ property and boxes it up for shipping. The only property that is booked into the jail is money, medicines, legal papers, eye glasses and the clothes they are wearing.

While Deputy Jones and I were working on the property, the FBI brought into our cell block a prisoner that they arrested on bank robbery charges. Our holding/cell block is used during the work day to hold prisoners that are brought over from the jail for court hearings. Also, if a federal agency makes an arrest, as in this case, they are housed in the cell block until they see a magistrate judge and then booked into the local jail. I begin the booking process which consists of photographing, fingerprinting, and taking biographical information of the prisoner. Upon completing the booking process I get Deputy Jones and one of the arresting FBI agents and we escort the new arrest to court. While we wait for the judge to come into the courtroom, the prisoner meets his new attorney who happens to be from the Federal Defenders Office. When the judge comes out on the bench, she explains to the prisoner his constitutional rights (such as, a right to an attorney, right to remain silent, right to a speedy trial). This hearing takes 15 minutes and we head back upstairs to the Marshals holding cell. Court duty is one of the more important duties that deputy Marshals perform. While we safeguard the prisoner, we also protect the judge and their staff from any possible threats that may occur from either outside the courtroom or from the prisoner.

I have an hour left in the day so I go through the warrants that are assigned to me. These are usually cold cases that need to be run through several computer programs that would tell me if there is any new information on the fugitives’ whereabouts. I complete this task after 2 hours and call it a day. I hope to take my wife out for a movie tonight.

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