Every year, tens of thousands of fugitives and suspects – many of whom have not been convicted of a crime – are entrusted to a handful of small, private companies that specialize in state and local extraditions. Twenty-six states and countless local law enforcement agencies use private extradition companies to fetch people who are taken into custody on arrest warrants. A Marshall Project review of thousands of court documents, federal records and local news accounts and interviews with more than 50 current and former guards and executives found a pattern of abuse and neglect, including 16 deaths, in this virtually unregulated industry.