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Reviewed on: October 29,2017

What is the process like at the Federal Holding Facility in Oklahoma City, and how long can I expect my loved one to be there, while he is waiting to be taken to his permanent place? Thank you and God Bless

Asked: October 27,2017
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The Federal Transfer Facility (FTC) is located directly on the tarmac of the Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This facility is primarily designed to house holdover inmates in-transit to other facilities. The mission of the FTC is to confine, on a short term basis, inmates who are being transported through the U.S. Marshal Service, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, U.S. Parole Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons transportation system. Security of the offender is maintained in a controlled prison environment, in a safe and efficient manner, with all due regard for the protection of the public, staff, and inmate population.

The inmates have no idea how long they are they for. The movements are kept very secretive and you don't know  you're leaving until they are ready to take you. Depending on your inmate's situation, they could be there hours, days, weeks or months.

The intake processing was efficient and orderly. Once you de-plane, you are led through the long walkway that extends from the prison building to the tarmac where the plane pulls up and parks. The inmates walk single-file to Marshal stations that are set up on wooden platforms so they can orderly remove the shackles off your feet and wrists. Then inmates are led to the area where they distribute your clothing and bed assignments. The pods where inmates are housed are organized and all-encompassing. The manner which this prison is run is like no other. If I was giving them a grade, it would be an A+. The worst part is that there is no "outdoors", everything you would need is in your pod.

When I was there, I was being transferred from Memphis to Miami. I had no idea how long I was to remain there. When i got there, my phone privileges and Trulincs account were immediately in effect. Very shortly thereafter, the next morning in fact, after getting all settled in with my bunk and belongings, and i was "packed out and gone". I would add that the US Marshals were incredibly professional and kind to everyone I saw them deal with. 

Interesting Facts:  The Will Rogers World Airport was built especially to facilitate prisoner transport on JPATS. The US Marshal Service runs the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS), nicknamed "Con Air", is an agency of the federal government of the United States charged with the transportation of persons in legal custody among prisons, detention centers, courthouses, and other locations. It is the largest prison transport network in the world. 

The National Prisoner Transportation System's Air Operations Division has four 10-seat Saberliner jets and one four-seat Cessna Citation. But its flagships are two 100-seat Boeing 727s that make twice-weekly runs to any of the 38 airports near the nation's 80 federal prisons.

The National Prisoner Transportation System's Air Operations Division has four 10-seat Saberliner jets and one four-seat Cessna Citation. But its flagships are two 100-seat Boeing 727s that make twice-weekly runs to any of the 38 airports near the nation's 80 federal prisons.

 

 

Accepted Answer Date Created: October 29,2017

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