JPATS operates a fleet of aircraft which moves prisoners over long distances more economically and with higher security than commercial airlines. Detailed itineraries are required to ensure that each prisoner appears in court at a deated time.
JPATS routinely serves approximately 42 domestic inetrnational international cities, plus other major cities in the United States on an as-required basis. JPATS is the only government-operated, regularly scheduled passenger airline in the nation. A network of aircraft, cars, vans and buses accomplishes these coordinated movements.
Military and civilian law enforcement agencies use JPATS to shuttle their prisoners between different jurisdictions at a fraction of what commercial sources would charge. Managed by the Marshals Service, JPATS is one of the largest transporters of prisoners in the world - handling about requests every day to move prisoners between judicial districts, correctional institutions and foreign countries.
The merger created a more efficient and effective system for transporting prisoners and criminal aliens.