The U.S. Marshals Service is as vital to our American democracy today as it was two centuries ago. U.S. Deputy Marshals have one of the most dangerous jobs in law enforcement. They operate special tactical, surveillance and intelligence branches to minimize that danger.
Within the Museum, visitors will learn how the USMS coordinates efforts to get the job done and will uncover interactions between the Marshals and their captives, witnesses, prisoners and victims.
The Service tracks American fugitives here and abroad and maintains offices in three foreign countries. In 2010, the USMS captured 36,100 fugitives–more than all other law enforcement agencies combined.
Marshals protect federal judges, courts, jurors and prisoners, helping ensure that each trial proceeds safely. The USMS employs a team of architects who help design courthouses for maximum security when escorting judges and transporting prisoners.
Without lifetime protection, the potential for witnesses to give false testimony or face the threat of death is much greater. Since the program’s inception, none of the 17,000 participants who followed security guidelines died while under the active protection of the Marshals Service. Museum visitors will learn about the Witness Security Program (WITSEC) and try to protect their own witness in an interactive experience.
It is the role of the Marshals to transport prisoners to hearings, court appearances and detention facilities. Notorious criminals held in custody by the USMS include Manuel Noriega, John Gotti, Timothy McVeigh, Imelda Marcos, Ted Kaczynski and Zacarius Moussaoui. The USMS monitors some 56,000 federal prisoners each year and works with 1800 local and state jails.They also operate the largest transport of prisoners in the world, making over 300,000 prisoner moves each year. Visitors will learn about the unique duties involved through a computer-interactive program called "Prisoner Bob," where "Bob" is booked, tried and convicted.
The ill-gotten gains of criminals end up in the custody of the USMS. Among the many unique businesses seized by the USMS are trash companies in Connecticut, grocery chains in California and casinos in Nevada. Cars, trucks, boats, mansions and jewelry are some of the items the Marshals auction to reimburse innocent parties, pay program costs and defray operational expenses of local law agencies. An interactive technology called IWALL will highlight objects one at a time and provide background on each one.
The USMS is continually changing to meet the needs of the American justice system. Deploying the most sophisticated technologies available, the USMS uses various special operations groups to coordinate technical operations, intelligence support and specially trained, tactical units. Visitors will get a behind the scenes view of Marshals at work in the Justice Ops Theater.
“We Are All Marshals” celebrates the virtues of "Justice, Integrity, Service" and captures the stories of Americans who experience our justice system through the USMS. Visitors will have the opportunity to share their own story, whether about justice in modern society or a connection with a U.S. Marshal.