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U.S. Marshals Service

Eastern District of Pennsylvania 

Prisoner Visits to Deathbed or Private Viewing


1.   U. S. 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 prisoner’s immediate family. The behavior of the prisoner, his or her family, and friends are likely to be governed by the emotional impact of such observances and the risk of escape or combative behavior is increased. The burden on districts to properly secure such an environment is beyond the capability of most districts and the costs to the prisoner would be prohibitive.

2.  U. S. Marshals will not produce BOP (sentenced or committed) or state prisoners for deathbed visits or private viewings. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice