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U.S. Marshals Service

Justice Prisoner & Alien Transportation System (JPATS) 

JPATS Celebrates 30 Years of Owned Aircraft Operations

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 1,000 requests every day to move prisoners between judicial districts, correctional institutions and foreign countries.

Non-Federal Movement Request

JPATS Plane (737)JPATS 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 154,600 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 the BOP.
DUSM Escorting Prisoners off JPATS planeJPATS 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
Harry Little, Deputy Assistant Director (816) 467-1900

Air Operations/Scheduling
Scott A. Wilhelm, Chief of Aviation
Kansas City, MO (816) 467-1900

Prisoner Transportation/Security Operations
Mark McPherson, Chief of Operations
Oklahoma City, OK (816) 467-1900

Business Management
William (Waits) Raulerson, Chief Business Manager
Kansas City, MO (816) 467-1900 is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice