Is jail or prison more serious?

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asked Jan 29, 2022 in Law Enforcement/Police by BillStopp (1,500 points)
Is jail or prison more serious?

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answered Jan 30, 2022 by Chambliss (46,100 points)
Prison is more serious than jail as prison is where you go to serve sentences longer than a year or in some cases you may spend the rest of your life in prison where it could be decades before you die in prison.

Prisons are also more dangerous than jails as inmates in prison may have nothing to lose because they may be in their for life and are not getting bailed out and could easily kill you.

You have to really watch your back in prison and even more so than jail.

Jail is usually worse than prison as jail is more restrictive than prison unless the prison is a max security prison or you're on death row.

County Jail is usually worse than prison.

In county jail you're more restricted in what you do and mostly you stay inside the county jail building and are not let outside.

In prison you may be able to go outside in a rec yard if you're not in a high custody level.

But in jails unless you're a trustee you usually don't get to go outside.

People in jail that have been sentenced to prison can't wait to get to prison to get out of the jail so they have more freedom.

Yes you're freedom is taken away in jails and prisons but you're better off freedom wise in a prison unless you're going to a max security prison then the jail may be better.

When you're in jail most if not all jails don't provide pillows to the inmates.

However some jails may provide pillows but they won't be the most comfy pillows and would usually be a foam or hard type of pillow.

The few jails I worked in no pillows were provided except for one jail I worked in for about a year where they did provide some hard type pillows that were made from some hard cloth.

The inmates at most jails will roll up towels to make pillows.

There are no pillows in jail as it keeps inmates from hiding contraband in the jail.

Sometimes inmates will roll up towels to create a pillow to rest their head on when sleeping.

Some prisoners in actual prisons get pillows but not always and even then it's a valued thing.

You do get issued blankets in jail.

The blankets in jail are made for the jails and are considered durable blankets which can be a bit heavy but also warm enough to keep you warm when the weather gets cold outside.

Jail has heat but it can also get cool in jail cells and they are not to be comfortable either way.

One day in jail is equal to the same amount of time a day is when not in jail.

A day or one day in jail is 24 hours so if you're sentenced to a day in jail then you'll stay in the jail for 24 hours.

Rollout in jail means that the inmate has requested to be moved to another part or wing of the jail for protection from other inmates.

It's also known as Roll Up.

Roll Up, or PC Up: To voluntarily seek protective custody from prison officials, and leave a General Population (G.P.) yard.

Reasons an inmate might roll up include drug debts, admitting to and renouncing of gang affiliations, fear of retaliation from having snitched someone out, and various others.

Fishing in Jail means to use a string to fish for things from jail cell to jail cell.

Inmates commonly use a string to fish for contraband and share contraband from one cell to another.

The term fish in jail also refers to new inmates.

Fish has been recorded as prison slang for new inmates since the 1870s.

Fish for new inmates shouldn't be confused with another prison slang term, fishing.

This refers to using a string to pass contraband items between cells in a manner similar to casting a fishing line.

'Fish' is the term that inmates use to refer to the newest cons to be incarcerated.

Another possible meaning may refer to the phrase, "A small fish in a big ocean", simply lost among the world around them or "A big fish in a small pond", where the individual usually, for good or bad, stands out from the rest.

Basically when inmates want to share things through the cells they will use a fishing line such as a string to fish for that contraband that they are not supposed to be sharing in jail.

Sharing illegal contraband or fishing in jail can get you into more trouble and get you more jail time as well.

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