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Chapter 7. Jails: Detention and Short-Term Incarceration. Detention and Short-Term Incarceration. The Contemporary Jail: Entrance to the System Origins and Evolution Population Characteristics Administration The Influence of Local Politics Regional Jails Pretrial Detention

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Chapter 7

Chapter 7

Jails: Detention and Short-Term Incarceration

Detention and short term incarceration

Detention and Short-Term Incarceration

  • The Contemporary Jail: Entrance to the System

    • Origins and Evolution

    • Population Characteristics

    • Administration

    • The Influence of Local Politics

    • Regional Jails

  • Pretrial Detention

    • Special Problems of Detainees

    • Release from Detention

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Detention and Short-Term Incarceration

  • The Bail Problem and Alternatives

    • Release on Recognizance

    • Preventive Detention

    • Pretrial Diversion

  • The Sentenced Jail Inmate

  • Issues in Jail Management

    • Legal Liability

    • Jail Standards

    • Personnel Matters

    • Jail Crowding

    • The Jail Facility

Americans jailed annually

Americans jailed annually

Characteristics of adult jail inmates in u s jails

Characteristics of Adult Jail Inmates in U.S. Jails



  • A facility authorized to hold people before court appearance for up to 48 hours. Most lockups (also called drunk tanks or holding tanks) are administered by local police agencies.

Getting out of jail free

getting out of jail -- free?

methods of release



release on recognizance

pretrial release granted on the defendant’s promise to appear in court, based on defendant’s ties to the community

sum of money specified by judge to be posted by the accused as condition of pretrial release, to ensure defendant’s appearance in court


independent businessperson who charges fee, usu. 5-10% for bail money

“10% cash bail”

(reform) D. deposits 10% of bail amount with court; 90% returned at trial

Type of pretrial release

Type of pretrial release

Myths in corrections

Myths in Corrections

  • Myth: Jail sentences are more for misdemeanants than they are for felons.

  • Fact: Nearly 40% of felony defendants are eventually sentenced to jail, a rate that is almost the same as prison sentences for felonies.

Preventive detention

“preventive detention”

  • detention of an accused in jail to protect the community from crimes the accused is considered likely to commit if released from jail while he awaits trial

  • authorized by Comprehensive Crime Control Act, 1984

  • upheld in US v. Salerno, 1987

Pretrial diversion


  • an alternative to adjudication in which the defendant agrees to abide with conditions set by the prosecutor in exchange for the withdrawal of charges(e.g., counseling, drug treatment)

    • reasons for diversion programs

      • criminal justice system is not well equipped to handle some problems - vagrancy, alcoholism, juveniles

      • keep less dangerous offenders from being labeled & treated as hard-core criminals

      • diversion costs are less

Widening the net

“widening the net”

  • increasing the scope (i.e., reach) of corrections & CJS by creating diversionary program & then sending people to that program for offenses that are much less serious than those the program was originally intended for.

  • “diversion” programs thereby ensnare persons who would otherwise not have come under the jurisdiction of the justice system (except for availability of the diversion program)

New generation jail

“new-generation jail”

  • a facility of “podular” architectural design and with management policies that emphasize staff-inmate interaction and the provision of services to inmates

Podular unit

“podular unit”

  • self-contained living area for from 12 to 24 inmates, composed of private, individual cells & open areas for social interaction

    • each jail has two or more “pods”

Direct supervision


  • a method of correctional supervision in which staff have direct physical interaction with inmates throughout the day

Regional jail

“regional jail”

  • facility operated under a joint agreement by two or more governmental units (e.g., city + county), with a jail board made up of representatives from participating jurisdictions and having authority over policy, budget, operations, and personnel

Fee system

“fee system”

  • a system in which jail operations are to be paid on the basis ofa flat allocation per prisoner per day

    • problem: creates an incentive for poor jails & inadequate services, since the allocation remains the same, irrespective of the level of service provided

Pay as you go jails user fees

“pay as you go” jails (“user fees”)

some jails are experimenting with directly charging inmates (who can afford it) at least some of the costs of their “keep”

daily room and board

“co-pay” for nurse sick call

“co-pay” for medical specialist

Special problems of jail detainees

special problems of jail detainees

jail issues

mental health problems

rights of pretrial detainees

substance dependency

legal needs

medical needs

Problems of jail administration

problems of jail administration

jail management issues

jail facilities

(outmoded & expensive)

legal liability

42 USC §1983

jail standards(ACA)

jail crowding

(crisis in ‘90’s)

personnel matters

($, training, conditions)

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