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Serving federal time for absconding from federal probation.  At the same time, there is a detainer in WI for felony bail jumping on a charge that has yet to go to trial.  Is there a way to begin the process of extradition from MN (where inmate is being held on federal time) to WI (where county charges and trial await).  Local authorities stated that he would be in custody for WI charges within 30 days of him being picked up by feds on the federal charges.  It has now been over one year and he is just about eligible for halfway house/release but that cannot happen as there is the remaining detainer.  Is there some sort of request or contact that should be made to the county where charges are to get the ball rolling?  These charges were filed in July of 2011, stemming from an incident in 2010.  Whatever guidance you could provide for me contacting the proper authorities for enforcement of the detainer would be appreciated.
Thank you!


The federal inmate will be held and not given his statutory 'good time' because of the detainer in the state jurisdiction. Succinctly, he won't be eligible for a Residential Re-Entry Center (Halfway House) because he will be directly transferred to WI to answer the state charges.

You might check with local counsel in WI and see if he/she can check with the state prosecutor and make sure they still want him. Yea, frequently, state jurisdictions put a fugitive in NCIC and forget about him for years. Then, when he is finanlly apprehended, the state jurisdiction no longer has a case against him - so check on that status.

If they still want him, they can send a notice to the BOP and ask that he be transferred to their jurisdiction "forthwith." Since it's now a state beef, all they (WI) have to do is send a couple of guys to the BOP facility in MN and transport him back. (Keep in mind that because the state beef is bail jumping, the chances of him getting bail until the state charge comes to trial is slim to none)

If they don't want him (length of time, he served his time, cost to extradite him, etc), you can ask that the detainer be immediately lifted and have the prosecutor send a certified copy of the Order to Withdraw Warrant to the BOP and he will immediately get his good time restored.

You can also tell the federal inmate that a lot of this can be cleared up with his counselor and/or case manager making a telephone call/email to the state prosecutor.

Good Luck.

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Kevin M. Tamez serves as one of the most senior and experienced consultants at The MPM Group, Inc. During more than 27 years of both state and federal law enforcement experience, Mr. Tamez held supervisory roles with state law enforcement as well as senior management positions with the U.S. Department of Justice - serving in both domestic as well as foreign posts. In addition to his extensive foreign operational experience, Mr. Tamez is a court adjudicated expert in most Title 18 and Title 21 complex criminal, undercover, and electronic (Title III) intercept investigations. As a senior manager, he is also an authority in most government administrative matters to include Human Resource and Workers’ Compensation issues. Mr. Tamez has broadened his already considerable expertise by authoring various legal reference and inmate advocacy manuals. Mr. Tamez is frequently sought after for his expertise in counseling and preparing convicted law enforcement personnel, politicians, and other “celebrities” for reporting to a federal penal facility.


More than 27-years of both state and federal law enforcement. Uniform patrol, Tactical Operations, SWAT, Detective Bureau (Narcotics), and Uniform Supervision. U.S. Federal Agent (Series-1811), all facets of complex domestic investigations, Special Operations, Paramilitary operations overseas, senior management, strategic planning, etc.

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Mr. Tamez holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree and has done graduate work at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Tamez is a graduate of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy and both the Basic & Advanced Special Agent courses in Quantico Virginia.

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