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Law Enforcement: Federal Agencies Should Improve Reporting and Review of Less-Lethal Force

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
United States Marshals Service The Director of USMS should develop specific reporting requirements on the types of information that must be provided for each use of force incident. (Recommendation 6)
Open

As of August 2022, U.S. Marshals Service officials stated that their use of force reporting system now has required fields for information that their agency has determined to be mandatory when reporting each use of force, such as the date and time of the incident, the location of the incident, the person who used force, and the type of force was used. We have requested documentation related to the new reporting requirements, which we will review to determine if the agency has addressed our recommendation.

United States Marshals Service The Director of USMS should, as part of the agency's efforts to develop procedures for the Less-than-Lethal Review Board, develop policies and procedures that require relevant officials to document their determination on whether force was used in accordance with agency policy. (Recommendation 8)
Open

According the U.S. Marshals Service officials in August 2022, the Office of Professional Responsibility has developed a draft standard operating procedure that describes the procedures of the Less-Than-Lethal Review Board, which is the entity that reviews less-lethal force incidents to determine if the use was in accordance with policy. The officials stated that the policy will address how board members are to document their policy determination as well as any recommendations. We have requested documentation related to the new policies and procedures, which we will review to determine if the

Facial Recognition Technology: Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Should Better Assess Privacy and Other Risks

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
United States Marshals Service The Director of the U.S. Marshals Service should implement a mechanism to track what non-federal systems with facial recognition technology are used by employees to support investigative activities. (Recommendation 7)
Open

As of November 2022, this recommendation remains open. The U.S. Marshals Service said it is participating in a Department of Justice working group tasked with developing a department-wide facial recognition policy, which will include a mechanism to track non-federal systems and assess privacy- and accuracy-related risks. Upon completion of the department-wide policy, the Service will consider its own policy.

United States Marshals Service The Director of the U.S. Marshals Service should, after implementing a mechanism to track non-federal systems, assess the risks of using such systems, including privacy and accuracy-related risks. (Recommendation 8)
Open

As of November 2022, this recommendation remains open. The U.S. Marshals Service said it is participating in a Department of Justice working group tasked with developing a department-wide facial recognition policy, which will include a mechanism to track non-federal systems and assess privacy- and accuracy-related risks. Upon completion of the department-wide policy, the Service will consider its own policy.

Pregnant Women in DOJ Custody: U.S. Marshals Service and Bureau of Prisons Should Better Align Policies with National Guidelines

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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
United States Marshals Service The Director of the U.S. Marshals Service should take steps to more closely align its Detention Standards and policies with national guidance recommendations on pregnancy-related treatment and care, as feasible or appropriate. (Recommendation 1)
Open – Partially Addressed

In January 2021, we reported on various issues related to pregnant women in U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) custody. We found that while USMS has Detention Standards and policies that address the treatment and care of pregnant women, not all policies fully aligned with national guidance recommendations. Specifically, USMS Detention Standards and policies partially aligned on six pregnant-related care topics and did not align on seven care topics. With the partial alignment or nonalignment of USMS Detention Standards and policies with national guidance recommendations we identified, USMS may be

United States Marshals Service The Director of the U.S. Marshals Service should develop a plan with a timeline for updating the Federal Performance Based Detention Standards to reflect updated policy restrictions on the use of restraints on pregnant and postpartum women as well as communicating such updates within USMS and to IGA facilities. (Recommendation 3)
Open – Partially Addressed

In January 2021, we reported on various issues related to pregnant women in U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) custody. We found that USMS had not updated its Detention Standards to reflect prohibitions on the use of restraints for pregnant and postpartum women. Specifically, USMS's intergovernmental agreements with state and local governments required facilities to follow the 2017 Detention Standards which did not include the restraint prohibition. As a result, women in USMS custody continued to be held in facilities that did not restrict the use of restraints on pregnant and postpartum women. We

United States Marshals Service The Director of the U.S. Marshals Service should require IGA and contract facilities that hold USMS prisoners to collect data on and immediately notify USMS when pregnant or postpartum women are placed in restrictive housing, so that USMS can help ensure appropriate use of such housing in accordance with its policies. (Recommendation 6)
Open – Partially Addressed

In January 2021, we reported on various issues related to pregnant women in U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) custody. We found that although USMS requests that its intergovernmental agreement and contract facilities submit data on a regular basis to USMS on individuals in USMS custody placed in restrictive housing, facilities are not required to indicate whether any of these individuals are pregnant or postpartum. National guidance recommendations state that pregnant and postpartum women should not be placed in restrictive housing except in very rare situations where the individual poses a serious

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