Jail Vs. Prison: What’s The Difference, And Where Might Your loved one End Up?

Jail Vs. Prison: What’s The Difference, And Where Might Your loved one End Up?


To most people’s surprise, jail and prison are not exact synonyms for each other because they refer to two separate institutions that house different groups of criminals and are run by different levels of government.


  • Operated by local governments
  • Holds individuals awaiting trial or serving short term (usually up to 1 year) sentences
  • Offers programs such as work-release and boot camp to address various needs – educational, vocational, substance abuse, etc.
  • Prison

  • Operated by state or federal governments
  • Holds individuals serving long-term sentences
  • Offers halfway houses, work-release centers, and community restitution centers for inmates nearing the end of their sentences. These centers are designed to help transition inmates back to society

So there you have it. This can give you an idea of where your loved one, if convicted, could end up. In the meantime, your loved one should be living at home, not in jail, as they are awaiting trial.

Please contact us at Statewide Bail Bonds or 877-793-2245.

Once the paperwork is signed, we’ll transfer it immediately to the jail to process. There is no down on our bail bonds – just make sure to meet each payment deadline and see that your loved one appears in court.

Make an appointment with Los Angeles Bail Bonds Store Store today!

Please go to Statewide Bail Bonds or call 877-793-2245.

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