Jail is basically the place where convicts get placed in-before their last important trial, they might be placed there even before having a real Prison chosen for them, usually they stay in jail for some months and then continue to the bigger facility which is prison, so look at it as a half-way there.
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Jails are usually for incarceration at the city or county level, while prisons are state or federal level for those convicted of more serious crimes with lengthier sentences. It should be noted that many prisoners in county jails have not (yet) been convicted of a crime. What's more, due to overcrowding in many state prison systems, some felons are sentenced to state prison but actually make parole before being transferred out from the county jail.
jail is a place where you're held for a night or two until your judge is ready and you've behaved enough...prison is where you "do the time" meaning a place for criminals to stay for a certain amount of time depending on the crime they committed
You get lock up in both. Jails are usually run by cities or county's. Prisons are usually state or federally ran, or privately owned and contracted to the state of Feds. Jails house both unsentenced and sentenced inmates. Prisons are for long term sentenced inmates. Jails house misdemeanor and felony charged inmates. Prisons house only felons. The confusing part is that some east coast jails are called prisons but in actuality jails.
jail is more of a short term place. that's where you go for "minor" things, like assault or dui, or something like that. prison is more of a long term place. you get placed there for things like murder, rape, really big things like that.
Jail is for sentencing of under a year here in az. & those waiting to be sentenced. Jail is strict here we have tent city inmares live outside even when its 115? or 40? Meals are only 2 a day and vegetarian, you have to pay for your bed & medical care