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US Marshals Service - Apprehension of Fugitives

The United States Marshals Service Fugitive Apprehension program apprehends fugitives from federal justice. Federal fugitives include escaped federal prisoners; probation/parole violators; fugitives wanted by foreign nations; drug fugitives; and others wanted as a result of federal judicial complaints and indictments.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The program effectively leverages partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to fulfill its purpose. Through the use of Regional Fugitive Task Forces that bring together program partners, the program has continually increased the number of fugitives apprehended.
  • The program has improved its annual and long term performance measures to better reflect the program's purpose. The performance measures focus on apprehending violent fugitives, ensuring that the "worst of the worst" fugitives are brought to justice.
  • The program needs to develop effective mechanisms to hold program partners accountable. State and local law partners participating in USMS led fugitive task forces are not uniformly held accountable for their performance.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Developing a comprehensive assessment on where additional Regional Fugitive Task Forces and/or special apprehension operations to ensure that resources are effectively targeted for the largest impact.
  • Enhancing the ability to identify, track, and share gang related intelligence with other federal law enforcement agencies and state and local partners.
  • Developing a long term strategy for the apprehension of sex offenders in support of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

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