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U.S. Marshals Arrest 84,000 Fugitives in 2021

The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) released its 2021 statistics in a Department of Justice press release, published Monday, 3 January. From October 2020 through September 2021, USMS arrested more than 84,000 fugitives, including more than 10,000 sex offenders, 6,000 gang members, and 6,000 homicide suspects.

USMS has a varied mission. It provides law enforcement and protection for federal courts and judicial systems, apprehends and extradites federal fugitives, transports and houses prisoners, investigates cases involving missing children, enforces sex offender compliance laws, operates the federal witness protection program, and manages the sale of criminal assets seized as part of federal law enforcement.

2021 U.S. Federal Marshals Service Statistics

Fugitives Arrested


  - from Federal Warrants


  - from State or Local Warrants


Sex Offenders


Gang Members


Homicide Suspects


International/Foreign Fugitives


Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program Fugitives


Guns Seized


Total Warrants Cleared



The marshals also seized more than 7,000 guns and apprehended one person on their 15 Most Wanted fugitives list. In 2019, Jory Worthen murdered his girlfriend and her child in Camden, Arkansas. Authorities found the car he used to flee the state in Seattle. Marshals arrested Worthen in California in October 2020, and extradited him to Arkansas where he plead guilty for the murders and accepted life sentences for each in exchange for avoiding the death penalty.

“The outstanding work this year by the U.S. Marshals Service exemplifies that the Department of Justice has no higher priority than keeping our communities safe,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco in the press release. “At a time of unprecedented challenges posed by a global pandemic, the U.S. Marshals continue to deliver on their mission, tracking down and arresting more than 84,000 fugitives. The Department of Justice, through our law enforcement components like the U.S. Marshals Service, will continue to prioritize our efforts to reduce violent crime and keep our neighborhoods safe.”

Compared to the previous year, USMS arrested nearly 7,000 more fugitives—an 8.7 percent increase. However, in FY 2020, the marshals were able to clear four cases from their 15 Most Wanted list.