Matthew Fogg | LEAP | Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

About Matthew Fogg

Retired Chief Deputy U.S. Federal Marshal

Washington, DC

“Drug prohibition helps the US maintain a racial apartheid prison industrial complex.”

Matthew Fogg was sworn in by the United States Marshals Service (USMS) as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in 1978 and soon became a highly decorated federal law officer. He was cross-designated a Supervisory Special Agent in charge of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration joint drug and gun interdiction Metropolitan Area Task Force. He was later promoted to Inspector in charge of the USMS unit for the International Criminal Police Organization, the world’s largest international police organization. He received the District of Columbia, U.S. Attorney, and Federal Bar Association's highest law enforcement awards for tracking down over 300 of America's most-wanted and dangerous fugitives charged with prison escape, murder, rape, child molestation and illegal narcotic trafficking in the U.S. and abroad.

After 32 years of service, Matthew retired following a final DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding a landmark lower court decision finding the USMS grossly violated his civil rights and was operating a “racially hostile environment” for African-American deputy U.S. marshals nationwide. Today, Matthew continues to assert that racism drives the war on drugs, citing that in 1993, under South Africa's Apartheid Law, 851 black men were imprisoned per 100,000; in 2008, under the United States' Drug Prohibition Law, 4,919 black men were imprisoned per 100,000 versus only 943 white males. Matthew believes that drug prohibition is an immoral tool used by the United States' prison industrial complex to maintain the largest per capita rate of incarcerations in the world. Prisons for profit, he says, have no place in a democratic society.

Matthew's advocacy for LEAP and for equal justice more generally has allowed him to provide expert commentary in TV, radio and print media including CNN, CBS, CSPAN, NY Post, Washington Post, Final Call, Vanity Fair and People. He holds leadership positions in three nonprofit government “watchdog” organizations; he is currently the first and only male National Vice President for Federally Employed Women (FEW), Inc. He is also the chapter president for the Heritage Chapter of Blacks In Government (BIG) and the National Equal Employment Opportunity director for the FEW Legal & Education Fund, Inc.

He has been a Board member for Amnesty International USA and was co-chair of the NOFEAR Coalition responsible for the passage of the NOFEAR Act civil rights legislation signed into law by President Bush in 2002. Matthew has often testified before the United States Congress and state legislatures in addition to speaking at political forums and advocating for civilian oversight of law enforcement procedures.

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