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Jails And Prisons FAQ

The punishments for crimes vary. It is therefore important to understand the answers to your questions before making a plea in court. Here are some questions we at Law Offices of P.A. Hotchkiss & Associates frequently receive concerning jails and prisons.

How do jails and prisons differ?

Jails include city or county cells in which individuals are held until release or sentenced to prison. A prison is something that the state utilizes to hold those already convicted of a crime. Except in certain instances, federal prisons are for those convicted of violating one or more federal laws.

In any case, such facilities cost money.

What sorts of prisons exist?

In every jurisdiction, prisons differ concerning the type of inmates they accommodate. Some inmates receive additional privileges.

Most inmates receive visits from friends and family members, although security matters will often play a role. Most institutions award good behavior – such behavior can result in early release.

What about private prisons and jails?

Some prisons and jails are not operated by the government. However, private parties do need to contract with the government prior to the operation of such a facility. However, such establishments are often heavily criticized for allowing private citizens a chance to earn profits through the criminal behavior of others.

 What are maximum-security prisons?

In theory, maximum-security prisons were designed to hold the most dangerous of criminals. Certain jails also serve the same function. Some require long stints of solitary confinement. These facilities also condone forced separation of prisoners.

But even in maximum security prisons, inmates have the right to medical and psychological care. Prisoners are also entitled to have religious sources available for them.

What is the purpose of regional jails?

When facilities are run by more than one jurisdiction, these are known as regional jails. Sometimes, the regional jail is the only facility available for certain prisoners.

What are secured mental health facilities?

Such facilities are for inmates found to be mentally incapacitated. Such facilities are designed to protect such individuals and provide them with proper treatment.

What is boot camp incarceration?

Designed as an alternative to regular incarceration, these boot camps provide a variety of physical training and counseling.

While these camps are meant to put an end to negative behavior, inmates may volunteer for the camp and then choose to return to prison if they find it is not for them. There are many individuals struggling with chemical issues that choose this sort of incarceration. And upon release, they are often monitored closely to make certain that reentry into society goes more smoothly.

What are the differences between juvenile detention facilities and adult facilities?

Usually, those under 18 will be sent to juvenile detention facilities. Rehabilitation is more frequently the focus in juvenile centers than it is in adult ones. The facilities are designed to cater to those of the juvenile age group. They also isolate juvenile offenders from adult offenders who may prove to be bad influences. Having said that, there are juveniles sentenced as adults who end up in adult facilities.

What roles do probation and other intermediate sanctions play?

Probation and other sanctions differ from incarceration. They can include community service and compliance with conditions set by courts. They may consist of requirements to enroll in counseling or other behavioral therapy. Probation may also require submission to drug tests. Individuals on probation will need to report regularly to probation officers. Violations of probation terms could result in incarceration.

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