U.S. Marshals Protecting Witnesses Nationwide

Posted on May 6, 2014 by

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According to usmarshals.gov, the U.S. Marshals Service does a number of things.  The U.S. Marshals Service helps provide safety, security, and medical expenses for any government witnesses, or their immediate family, who are in danger due to their testimony against organized crime members, drug traffickers, terrorists and any other major criminals.

This program, which originally started in the 1970s, has been a life saver to a number of people and their family members. This Service program has relocated and given new identities to more than 9,900 family members and more than 8,500 witnesses.

According to usmarshals.gov, the Security Program was first authorized by the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, and was later amended by the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984.

Due to the success of this Security Program, the U.S Marshals Service is widely recognized. The reason for this recognition is simple; it provides an exclusive and precious tool for the government’s battle.

“Witness protection has a good basis behind it, but it can cause emotional detachment by those affected by it,” senior Sarah Ahearn said.

The government battles against many things, such as major crime conspirators and organized crime, which are the main two, according to the usmarshals.gov.

While witnesses are under the protection of the government, many things occur. First of all, the families will typically get new identities with valid documentations.

The family’s housing, basic livelihood expenses and health care are also provided. Employment support and career training can also be provided.

“I dig it. I haven’t experienced it, so I don’t know much about it,” senior Anthony Filipinni said.

When the witnesses are in what is called a “high-threat environment,” the U.S. Marshals provide 24-hour protection. High-Threat environment includes court appearances, pretrial conferences, and trial testimonies.

Substitute teacher Mrs. Ashely Walters made this comment.

“I think it’s a good way to get information, but, on the other hand, people get away with crimes.”

According to usmarshals.gov, none of the witnesses who have followed all the guidelines have been injured while they were under the protection of the Marshals.

The U.S. Marshals cooperate completely with the local court authorities for both civil and criminal matters, as well as law enforcement, in order to provide justice to the witnesses that have fulfilled their responsibilities, according to usmarshals.gov.

“I think it’s a good way for criminals to be safe,” senior Carly Gieringer said.

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