Contact District of Idaho Supervisory Deputy US Marshal (208)
334-1273 or District of Idaho duty deputy (208) 334-1298 for assistance
in this matter.
Upon receipt of a federal court order, the US Marshal may produce a
prisoner for a deathbed visit to a member of the immediate family, or to
attend a private viewing of a deceased member of the immediate family.
Immediate family is defined as the father, mother, spouse, child, or
sibling of the prisoner. The US Marshal may expand the definition of
immediate family when it involves stepparents, aunts, uncles or other
individuals who performed a parental role or resided with the prisoner
in a family type relationship. The prisoner or his/her representative
must clearly establish this relationship to the satisfaction of the US
The US Marshals will not allow the attendance of a federal prisoner in
USMS custody, or support the production of prisoners in other agencies’
custody, at funeral observances (religious or civil) for a deceased
member of the prisoners immediate family.
The US Marshals will not produce Bureau of Prisons (sentenced or
committed) or state prisoners for deathbed visits or private viewings.
Before the US Marshal complies with a court order for a deathbed visit
or private viewing, the following criteria must be met to the
satisfaction of the US Marshal:
The individual is a federal prisoner in USMS custody pending action or
sentence, or under custody pursuant to a writ.
The prisoner has no pending writs of removal, detainers, or other
actions which would impede the judicial process.
The request is valid and can be verified by the US Marshal.
The dying or deceased person is within the definition of immediate
The prisoner has no record of past escapes, escape attempts, or a
history of violent behavior.
The prisoner is willing to comply with all terms and condition of the
visit that may be imposed by the US Marshal to ensure the custody and
safety of the prisoner, USMS personnel and general public.
The US Marshal has enough available deputies to escort the prisoner to a
deathbed visit or private viewing.
The judge and US attorney assigned to the case do not object.
The prisoner, family or other associate prepays the anticipated costs
for staff, travel and per diem required to escort a prisoner to a
deathbed visit or private viewing. The prisoner must agree in writing to
pay any additional costs not anticipated but incurred by the USMS while
escorting him or her. Allowable costs include salaries, per diem, and
transportation for the deputies assigned and any other expenses
anticipated for the prisoner.
The US Marshal will strictly limit attendance at the deathbed visit or
private viewing to the prisoner, the USMS staff, the funeral director
and/or medical personnel. The prisoner’s attorney, family or friends
will not be allowed to attend.
The prisoner will remain properly restrained at all times.
The deathbed visit or private viewing will not exceed two hours and my
be terminated at any time if the conditions indicate a security problem.