Prison

Prison


Compared to jail facilities, prisons are longer-term facilities owned by a state or by the Federal Government. Prisons typically hold felons and persons with sentences of more than a year; however, the sentence length may vary by state.

Six states (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Delaware, Alaska, and Hawaii) have an integrated correctional system that combines jails and prisons.

There are a small number of private prisons, facilities that are run by private prison corporations whose services and beds are contracted out by state or federal governments.