The United States Marshals Service was founded by sections 27 and 28 of the Federal Judiciary Act of September 24, 1789. The agency originally used the same organizational model as the colonial British vice-admiralty courts. The Act gave the marshals wide ranging authority to enforce laws across some jurisdictional lines and deal with issues such as coastal piracy and custody of prisoners form other districts.

In his book, Forging the Star: The Official Modern History of the United States Marshals Service, David S. Turk provides a comprehensive history of the agency from the 1930s to the present.  He shows how the Marshals Service played an instrumental part in events such as the integration of the University of Mississippi, the federal trials of Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, the confrontation at Ruby Ridge, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Also, he discusses their role in “protecting federal judges, prosecutors, and witnesses from threats, transporting and maintaining prisoners and detainees, and administering the sale of assets obtained from criminal activity.” Turk, the official historian of the U.S. Marshals Service, spent over ten years researching and writing Forging the Star. The book is available in print at our Main location and circulates to members.