A criminal arrest is a significant event in any individual's life. In addition, the impact of a criminal arrest can be long-lasting. An increased focus on policing and enforcement in recent decades has led to arrests for even minor offenses.
The total number of individuals in the FBI's master criminal database is estimated to be 77.7 million. As a result, nearly one out of every three adults in the United States is in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's master database. To add to that number, 10,000 to 12,000 individuals are added daily. At the same time, only half of the FBI's arrest records contain information that is completely up-to-date.