Arrested For A Federal Crime
The United States marshal’s service has the responsibility to house persons arrested for a federal charge. Initially, the person arrested will probably be held for some hours by the arresting agency (DEA, FBI, INS, Customs, Border Patrol). After the arresting agency has processed the individual for arrest (and usually after interrogating or attempting to interrogate the person), the arresting officers turn the person over to the marshals. The marshals will usually place the person in a metropolitan correctional center.
The marshals will keep the person in custody until he/she is bailed out, the charges are dismissed, or the person is sentenced. If the person is sentenced to custody, the responsibility for housing the person passes to the Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”).