Jail vs. Prison


County Jails can only house an individual for up to, but not more than, a one-year sentence. While State Prisons house inmates who have minimum sentences starting at one year. You often hear of people being sentenced to Prison for a period of time that contains both a minimum and a maximum, for example, 12 to 24 months. However, the minimum must always start at one year.

Basically, the next time you hear someone talk about “8 months in prison,” please realize this actually means “8 months in Jail.” Contrary to, hearing someone talk about “5 years in jail,” this actually means “5 years in Prison.”