Witness Protection Program

Today I got to take a your of the Federal Court House in Jefferson City, MO. I spoke with a U.S. Marshal about the Witness Protection Program, and it got me thinking, so I did a little research…

   What is it?

A way to keep important witnesses that have testified safe and out of serious danger.

How many people are in it?

+7,500 witnesses

+9,500 witness family members

(Since the inception of the program in 1970)

Who relocates them?

U.S. Marshals Service, they also decide where they should be relocated.

How exactly does it work?

Youre old identity is erased, EVERYTHING that has to do with you

New: name (of your choosing), Social Security, I.D., birth certificate, and this goes for your family as well

Moved to a large city where you are not likely to be recognized

What do witnesses receive?

-reasonable job offer

-housing

-food

-payments of $60,000 a year

-counseling

How long are you under the protection of the government?

Technically your whole life, but they only give you the assistance for two – three years. Unless you decide to talk to an old family member, then you have to start the WHOLE process over!

 

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