What Are the Differences Between Prison and Jail in NY?

Many people mesh jail and prison together, however, it is important to understand that they are different from one another. Continue reading and reach out to our skilled Rockland criminal defense attorney.

What is a jail?

A jail is a temporary, short-term detainment center where a person waits for a trial and sentencing. Usually, jails are populated by individuals who have just been arrested, who are waiting to post bail, or who are unable to post bail and are waiting for a trial. It also can be where people convicted of smaller crimes—usually misdemeanors—serve a shorter sentence, generally less than one year. Jails are run by local law enforcement or local agencies and are typically smaller than prisons in both size and infrastructure.

What is a prison?

On the other hand, prisons are places where inmates go after getting sentenced to longer-term imprisonment, typically for more serious crimes. They are operated by either the state government or the Federal Bureau of Prisons; people who have been convicted of breaking a state law are sent to state prisons, and people who have been convicted of breaking federal law are sent to federal prisons. Recognize that prison types are much larger operations than jails; they house many more inmates and are typically set up with more infrastructure and resources fitted for longer-term detention.

If you have questions or concerns about the difference between jail and prison in New York, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today to speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney.

What services can our firm provide you with?

There are a number of different services that our firm provides to help you fight your criminal charges. They include the following:

  • Assault
  • Check fraud
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug possession
  • DUI
  • Gun crimes
  • Juvenile crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Shoplifting
  • Violent crimes

Furthermore, even though traffic infractions are not as reputationally-severe as other serious crimes, in all honesty, they also can affect your life for years to come. However, many times, people do not find it necessary to retain the services of an attorney to fight a speeding ticket, the price you pay for an attorney now may save you big time on your insurance premiums in the long run. That is why our firm is here to help you through the below traffic-related legal issues:

  • Traffic violations
  • Speeding tickets
  • Reckless driving
  • Cell phone violations
  • Driving without a license

Contact our experienced Rockland County firm

Those facing criminal charges in New York need a strong criminal defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Call today or contact The Law Office of Carl Spector online to schedule a free confidential consultation.