“In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police who investigate crime, and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.”
With this dialogue started Law & Order, one of the most famous police series in TV history. The show was about a group of lawyers and police officers who sought justice and true by interrogating crimes’ witnesses. After questioning them, they would allow witnesses to be part of the judicial system, called Witness Protection Program.
The Witness Protection Program (WITSEC) is not a TV show fabrication. It’s a real life program that helps witnesses, defendants, and others. It’s provided by the United States Department of Justice and operated by the Marshal Services. The US Federal Bureau of Prisons maintains custody of the incarcerated witnesses.
The primary goal of WITSEC is to provide protection to the main witnesses of crimes before, during, and after the criminals are prosecuted and convicted by trial. Also, this program works with war and organized crime witnesses, by providing law and enforced protection. In most cases, right after this, the witness and his/her family are relocated to a different city, state, or country, so their lives cannot be endangered. These people also receive new identities and background, so they cannot be found by individuals related to those crimes the witness gave testimony or any other.
To be eligible for the WITSEC program, the authorities consider several factors about the witness, like a criminal record and other alternatives. Therefore, the witness must pay any debt, satisfy any civil or criminal obligation, and prove that his/her children are his/hers by showing the custody papers.
Before entering the program, the witness must have seen a crime, or being part of a criminal organization, and provide the right amount of evidence. This evidence must also have weight enough so that the witness’ life can get be threatened.
During trials, the witness is protected at all cost, which means he/she is constantly and carefully watched every moment so nothing can be done to him/her, and to keep notice of any strange activity he/she might do, like receive orders from criminal bosses. They also are heavily transported to court, by using armored cars, trucks, or helicopters.
The WITSEC authorities help the witness during the entire process. Right after the witness is relocated with his/her family, they will help them to:
- Get a reasonable job opportunity.
- Arrange psychology and psychiatric treatment if needed.
- An average subsistence of $60,000.
- Help in finding housing.
After getting help from the program, the witness can and have to enjoy their new life, but they must not make contact to anyone formerly related to them, like friends, unprotected relatives, and criminals.
BlackWater Protection know how the WITSEC works, and all the information associated with this, like what you need to provide and know to apply for this program, and what it requires to be eligible. Contact us if you have any doubt about this!
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