What is the difference between prison and jail?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Prison Consultant Ed Bales explains the difference between the terms prison and jail.

    Ed Bales

    Ed Bales is the Managing Director of Federal Prison Consultants, LLC. He has 25 years of related experience. He was a Practice Administrator for a law practice for many years and has developed cutting edge strategies to assist Defendants, Inmates and Attorneys with pre and post sentencing strategies and Federal and State prison advocacy. He has been featured on National and International Broadcasts for both Television and Radio. He is also referenced in several books and Nationally based newspapers as a noted Prison Expert.


    Federal Prison Consultants, LLC is a full service Federal and State prison and sentencing consulting and advocacy firm. The combined experience on staff contains over 200 years of Criminal Justice, Paralegal, Psychological and Advocate experience.

    Ed Bales: Hi, my name is Ed Bales, I am Managing Director of Federal Prison Consultants, LLC. I have a staff of Correction of Consultants, Criminal Justice Consultants and Paralegals who assist people who are going to prison or who are in prison and both the Federal and the State Arena . We are going to answer some questions today about the prison system and some related questions in the text up. Host: What is the difference between prison and jail?

    Ed Bales: Well jail, sometimes these terms are used together or separate but jail is usually referred to a county within a State, prison can be referred to as either a local State prison system or the Federal system.