About the author

Paul Brakke

<p>Paul Brakke is a scientist based in central Arkansas.&nbsp; He became interested in studying the criminal justice system when his life was turned upside down after his wife was falsely accused of aggravated assault for allegedly trying to run over a 12 year old boy with her car. This happened because a group of kids and some neighbors wanted her out of the neighborhood.&nbsp; Eventually, the Brakkes were forced to move as part of a plea agreement, since otherwise, Brakke&rsquo;s wife faced a possible 16 year jail sentence if the case went to trial and she lost.&nbsp; He has previously told his wife&rsquo;s story in <em>American Justice?</em>, along with a preliminary critique of the criminal justice system. That book&rsquo;s website is at www.americanjusticethebook.com. Paul Brakke has also written several other books:&nbsp;</p><p><em>The Price of Justice in America </em></p><p><em>The Great National Divides</em></p><p><em>The Costly U.S. Prison System</em></p>