reply to post by Ericthenewbie
isn't there a difference between county jails and prisons..meaning that prisons are for convicted criminals and county jails contain individuals who
have been arrested but are most likely waiting for their trials and aren't necessarily convicted criminals.
When you get arrested, you first go to the city jail (the majority of the time, although sometimes you may just be transported to county). At the city
jail, your information is processed, sent to county, and you problably will see how much your bond will be. If your crime is minor, such as a public
intox ticket, you will problably just stay in the city jail until the bond amount is fulfilled via jail time (a few days at most). When your crime is
more serious than a ticketable offense, you will wait in the city jail until you are transported to county. This can take an hour to a few days.
When arriving at county, they put you into a holding tank, usually with alot of other people, depending on how busy your county is at the moment. I
believe every county has their own rules on how long you can sit in holding, but Ive been in there for about 36 hours once. When in county, you wait
again for more information to be processed, and then they move you out of holding and into "population", which is where you will stay until you get
bonded out, finish your sentence, or eventually get moved to prison (if your crime is serious enough). While you are in there, and dont get bonded
out, you will go to court every now and then until the final time you see the judge and he will give you your final sentence (probation or time) .
Prisons are completely different. Only persons convicted of a felony go to prison.
ETA - Plus, the holding tanks are the worst part of the process (atleast from what Ive seen and heard). A fairly large room with a few toilets, a
sink, a concrete bench and a concrete floor, and a bunch of people. Plus it's usually extremely cold in there.
edit on 13-9-2012 by buni11687
because: (no reason given)
ETA 2 - Also, you are not convicted until the judge says you are. Just because you have been in county for awhile, dosent mean you have been convicted
of a crime...you have only been arrested and charged at the moment and are waiting for the judge.
edit on 13-9-2012 by buni11687 because: (no