|The United States Marshals Service is a federal law enforcement agency within the United States Department of Justice. U.S. Marshals are appointed by the President of the United States or the Attorney General of the United States. The mission of the U.S. Marshals is to protect the federal courts and to ensure the efficient operation of the judicial system.
The U.S. Marshals protect federal judges and jurors. They provide security inside federal courthouses and maintain order in the courtrooms.
The U.S. Marshals protect witnesses and their families whose security may be at risk because the witnesses are testifying on behalf of the government in organized crime, drug trafficking, terrorism, and other high profile cases.
The U.S. Marshals are responsible for housing and supervising federal prisoners who have not been sentenced but who are confined to jail pending acquittal or sentencing.
The U.S. Marshals transport prisoners between courthouses and prisons.
Service of Process
Traditionally, the U.S. Marshals have been responsible for serving criminal process in federal criminal cases. They are also responsible for the service of civil process in federal civil cases.
Asset Forfeiture Program
The U.S. Marshals administer the Asset Forfeiture Program of the U.S. Department of Justice and dispose of property seized by the federal government in combating crime.
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