Whether a convicted person is sent to jail or prison is based on the severity level and type of crime for which the person is convicted. People convicted of a felony are usually incarcerated in a prison. People convicted of a misdemeanor crime are usually incarcerated in a jail.
In a 2-3 page paper, compare and contrast the role of prisons with the role of jails in our corrections system. First, define each institution as to jurisdiction and primary function. Next, explain how jails and prisons differ. Be sure to give or include examples of the types of crimes committed by a person serving a sentence in jail or in prison.