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U.S. Marshals Service

Freedom of Information/Privacy Act

Joint Automated Booking Stations / System


Department/Agency Name: U.S. Department of Justice
Major Organization Subdivision: United States Marshals Service (USMS)
Minor Organization Subdivision: Information Technology Services
Name of Unit: 
Street Address: CS-3, U.S. Marshals Service Headquarters
City: Washington
State: DC
Zip Code: 20530-1000
Country: United States

Hours of Service: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

ABSTRACT: JABS contains information on alleged criminal offenders who have been arrested and booked by a Federal, state or local agency which consists of biographical data, place, date and time or arrest and jail location, charge, armed description, sentenced or unsentenced and health status, case agent names, notes and observations concerning the subject, substance use or abuse, precautionary warnings, names of acquaintances, and court records.

PURPOSE: The primary purpose of JABS is to enable Federal, State and local agencies which conduct arrests and/or booking activities to store such data in regional repositories to eliminate duplication efforts among multiple law enforcement agencies participating in a single booking/arrest, to permit law enforcement to learn or the arrest and apprehension of fugitive by another agency in that region, to verify the identity of an arrestee, to obtain identifying data that will assist in surveillance and wiretap activities in the event the arrestee becomes a fugitive subsequent to booking, and to assist other judicial/law enforcement agencies in obtaining such information to perform their official duties.

ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: Facilities and offices which house computer systems are protected at all times by appropriate locks, security guards, and/or alarm systems. Access to the systems equipment is limited to those with a need-to-know through encryption and password protection measures.

USE CONSTRAINTS: Users of JABS are restricted to only those privileges necessary to perform assigned tasks.

AGENCY PROGRAMS: The USMS is charged with ensuring the effective operation of the judicial system through the execution of Federal arrest warrants, parole violator warrants, Federal custodial and extradition warrants, and for the custody of Federal prisoners from the time of their arrest by or remand to a U.S. Marshal by the court, until the prisoner is committed by order of the court to the custody of the Attorney General for the service of sentence, otherwise released from custody by the court, or returned to the custody of the U.S. Parole Commission or the Bureau of Prisons. JABS is one of the tools used to accomplish this.

SOURCES OF DATA: Information in this system is obtained from the record subject, Federal, State and local law enforcement personnel, the courts and medical personnel.




FOIA Contact



FOIA/PA Officer
Office of General Counsel
Department of Justice
U.S. Marshals Service
Washington, DC 20530-1000 (202) 307-9054

Upon request, the agency's electronic Reading Room may be accessed through a computer located at USMS headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Please call (202) 307-9054 to make arrangements. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice