The criminal justice system can be a frightening and confusing world to navigate. If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, here are a few resources that can help you better prepare.
UNDERSTANDING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
What happens when a person is arrested? This resource provides an overview of what occurs when someone is processed through “the system.”
Get a jumpstart and break the code on legal jargon.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PRISON
What is the difference between "jail" and "prison"? How do prisoners spend their days? What type of medical care do prisoners receive? Answers to these questions and more are available in our FAQ.
PROBATION AND PAROLE REQUIREMENTS
"Probation" is a court-ordered period of supervision in the community and is generally used as an alternative to incarceration. Meanwhile, "parole" is a period of community supervision that occurs after a person is released. This resource briefly outlines the requirements of each.
You can find more information in our Prison Ministry Training Resources and our Support for Friends and Family of Prisoners resources.
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