In 2005, the FBI estimated that 14,094,186 arrests occurred nationwide for all offenses (except traffic). In 2009, the FBI estimated 13,687,241 arrests occurred nationwide, a 2.88 percent decrease. At mid-year 2005, there were 2,193,798 people incarcerated in Federal, State, private, and local jail facilities. Of that number, 747,529 inmates were being held in local jail facilities, of which 60% were awaiting court action on their pending charges. When you include people on parole and probation, the total correctional population in America grew by nearly 2,000,000 between 1995 and 2005 to an unbelievable 7,056,000. The numbers are staggering.
In the criminal justice system, there is an obvious lack of available information, beginning with the arrest procedures, pre-trial release options, incarceration issues, through court proceedings and prison term issues. Legal representation provides one avenue, although not readily accessible. Jail law libraries provide limited research capabilities, but not the knowledge of areas to research. Most participants do not know the questions to ask; therefore the criminal justice system carries them along the traditional path without their active involvement. Simply stated, most participants do not understand what is happening at the moment, let alone their options, nor the future ramifications of possible outcomes (see Reader’s quotes). There is no single source which can provide information about the criminal justice system, ranging from time of arrest, court procedures, past case examples, adjudication options, to prison preparation, rehabilitation success stories, crime prevention, personal growth, life after prison, and general interest features. Until now.
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