The Absurd Reason US Marshals Spend Millions on Charter Flights for Criminals

November 13, 2014 6:28 PM

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A new review of the U.S. Marshal Service said that the cost of bringing international fugitives to justice in the U.S. is getting out of control, partly because the service is spending millions of taxpayer dollars on charter flights for criminal transport. But what is normally thought to be a luxury, the service says, is actually a necessity due to some obscure lines in U.S. legal code.

Last year alone the service spent some $5.3 million to remove 875 international fugitives from a third country and bring them to the U.S., according to a Department of Justice Inspector General report released today. The Marshals had requested the review, hoping to curb the “spiraling cost” of the r...

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