[ad name=”AD300x250Posts”]The Difference Between Jails and Prisons
While most think the term “jail” and the term “prison” are two of the same, they are not. Whereas a jail is often referred to as a local facility, whether county or city. A jail typically houses people awaiting trial or may be serving short sentences certain offences. Some people who are convicted of manslaughter may even be sent to jail if the state prison is overcrowded. It all depends on the totality of the charges and the length of the sentence. But, it could also be said that innocent people are held in jail – you are innocent until proven guilty. Generally, jail terms are no longer than 2 years, but then this depends on the county or city.
A prison on the other hand would be a state or federal prison facility that store people convicted of felonies for longer periods of time than a county jail. While state prisons are operated by the state DOC (department of corrections) and are generally classified by the levels of security needed to keep the public safe. Prison levels of security are basically maximum, medium and minimum – and sometimes always a mix of the three.