Prisoner transport

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This article is about the means and methods used to transport prisoners. For the punishment known as "transportation", see Penal transportation.
United States Marshals securing an immigration and customs prisoner transport.

Prisoner transport is the transportation of prisoners by law enforcement agencies and their agents or officers.

Handcuffs are often the minimum restraint. The additional precaution of leg irons may also be taken, particularly if the prisoner will be walking outside of a secure area. Specially designed prisoner transport vehicles are used to fulfill security requirements.

In order to extradite a suspected or convicted criminal from one jurisdiction to another, a rendition aircraft may be used, although the high cost involved means that it is normally used only to transport the most dangerous of prisoners; more commonly, a person being extradited would simply be put onto a commercial airliner, albeit escorted by law enforcement officers.

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The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office Prisoner Transport bus. This bus, carrying up to thirty prisoners, makes five trips a week from the county jail to other prisons.