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With 748 citizens in prison for every 100,000 people, the United States has one of the most draconian criminal justice systems in the world. Racial inequality continues to be a startling characteristic of the system. The likelihood of black males going to prison in their lifetime is 16% compared to 2% of white males and 9% of Hispanic males.
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==Background==
  
Indigent defendants in the United States are also entitled to free counsel under the U.S. Supreme Court decision [[Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963)  | Gideon v. Wainwright]]. Nonetheless, recent budget cuts across the United States have left public defenders poorly paid and struggling to represent clients effectively with enormous caseloads.
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==Type of System==
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==Source of Defendants' Rights==
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==Defendants' Rights==
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===Pre-trial===
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Revision as of 01:55, 4 April 2011

UNITED STATES CRIMINAL DEFENSE MANUAL

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Background

Type of System

Source of Defendants' Rights

Defendants' Rights

Pre-trial

Trial


See Criminal Justice Systems Around the World

QUICK FACTS

  • 2009 Prison Population: 2,297,400 / 748 people per 100,000, the highest in the world on a per capita basis
  • 200,000 of these prisoners are over 50 years of age
  • 110.1% prison occupancy level (based on official capacity)