The Differences Between Jail And Prison

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Jail and prison are technically not the same place. They’re not two terms that refer to the same institution.

What are the differences?

Jails hold people for short-term periods. They hold people who have recently been arrested but have yet to post bail; people who are waiting for trial, and convicted people who are serving short sentences. Jails are run by local governments and police departments. Specialized services are typically offered, such as, work release programs that focus on educational needs, substance abuse, and others. Prisons hold convicted individuals who are serving long term sentences for their crimes. Prisons are operated by state and federal governments. For individuals approaching the end of their sentences, they offer work release programs and halfway houses to slowly integrate them back into the community so that they can acclimate into society in a positive way.

In California, jails and prisons are overcrowded; that is the sad, unfortunate truth. To help accommodate space, some convicts are being released early by them having less heinous felony charges that become reduced to misdemeanors.

A bail bond will help keep your loved one out of jail. A bail bond cannot release a convicted criminal from prison. Learn more about the entire bail bonds process by contacting Rialto Bail Bond Store today! Rialto Bail Bond Store is available 24/7!

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