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What is the Difference Between Jail and Prison?

Jail is a facility where people charged with crimes or convicted of crimes are housed either during the pendency of their case or after conviction. If you are sentenced to jail you cannot be held in custody for longer than one year. While in jail, you may receive the benefit of work release which involves being released from jail to attend school or go to work. If you fail to return from work release, you can be charged with Escape From Custody.

If your sentence required incarceration for longer than one year you will be committed to the Department of Corrections. This facility is usually referred to as prison or a penitentiary. There are a number of Department of Corrections Locations in Minnesota:

• Faribault
• Lino Lakes
• Oak Park Heights
• Red Wing (For Juvenile Offenders)
• Rush City
• St. Cloud
• Shakopee (For Female Inmates)
• Stillwater
• Willow River/Moose Lake
• Togo

In Minnesota, inmates are required to serve two-thirds (2/3) of their sentence in custody. The remaining (1/3) is served on supervised release if the inmate earns their good time. If the charge is a felony, violations during the conditional release period can result in re-incarceration or going back to prison.

Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer in Rogers, MN

Call criminal defense lawyer, J. Matthew Holson, to help you understand the difference between jail & prison and what you can do to put your best foot forward in a criminal defense case. He understands the system and the ramifications of being charged with a crime. He will work aggressively, both in court and behind the scenes, to protect your rights, your reputation, and your freedom.

Contact J. Matthew Holson 763-425-6330 - DUI, DWI, Assault, Traffic Violation, and Theft Defense Attorney in Rogers, Minnesota.

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