There Are Only 94 U.S. Marshals in the Country

When most people think of U.S. Marshals, they either think of the A&E reality show Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force or the 1998 film U.S. Marshals, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Wesley Snipes. In reality, the U.S. Marshals Service was created to enforce federal laws and provide support to all elements of the federal justice system. Their duties include apprehending criminals, providing security and transportation of prisoners to correctional facilities, executing federal court orders, seizing assets gained by illegal means, and assuring the safety of endangered government witnesses. What might surprise you is that there are only 94 U.S. Marshals in the United States — one for each federal district. However, more than 3,752 Deputy Marshals and Criminal Investigators form the backbone of the agency.