Jails vs. Prisons

Topics: Prison, Crime, Penology Pages: 4 (939 words) Published: May 3, 2010
Jails vs. Prisons
Kristin Schneider
CRJ 303: Corrections
R.D. Robertson
April 26, 2010

I wanted to start off by giving the definition of Jail and Prison. There really isn’t much of a difference and I will explain the difference in a little bit. The definition of jail is a place of detention; a place where a person convicted or suspected of a crime is detained, and Prison is a place of long-term confinement for those convicted of serious crimes. I believe that there is not too much of a major difference between jail and prison for a common man, but when it comes to the eyes of a lawyer that is when the two of them are completely different. Jail and prison are the places, when the inmates are physically confined and deprived of their personal freedoms, but the reality is that a jail is used for short term stay. A prison is for a long term stays. Jail is used by local jurisdictions in countries and cities, and prison is administered by the state or federal government. Most times the criminal will sit in jail if you are convicted for a crime and the criminal will stay in jail until the criminal are sentenced. Depending on the criminals sentencing and what the criminal is convicted for that determines if the criminal will go to prison or jail. I also think that for the criminal there is really no difference between the two since their freedom is taken away. A prison is under the jurisdiction of either federal or state, while the jail holds people accused under federal, state, county and/or city laws. A jail holds inmates from two days up to one year. -------------------------------------------------

Through the research that I have done I have found that there are definitely many differences between prison and jail. Jails are locally operated places of incarceration most of the time the county runs the jail. There are about 3,600 jails in the U.S. Prisons are operated by the state government, or by the federal government (the federal Bureau of Prisons)....
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