By Lee Eby, Administrative Lieutenant, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Jail Division, Oregon City, Oregon
The Northwest Shuttle system is a cooperative effort across the states in the American northwest to move prisoners expeditiously and economically from one jurisdiction to another. By sharing resources between sheriff’s offices and state corrections agencies, participating agencies save tax dollars that would otherwise be used to conduct costly extraditions. The shuttle links agencies in 15 states in a system of in-state warrant and out-of-state fugitive return built on an unofficial, professional agreement and understanding between participating agencies. There are no federal laws or state statutes that govern shuttle business, only the goal of financially responsible fugitive return and the cooperative efforts and communication of each agency each week and yearly at the regional conference.
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