The Pros And Cons Of County Detention Facilities

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County detention facilities confine anyone arrested in its jurisdiction pending their initial appearance or arraignment in front of the judge. An arraignment is a court appearance for informing the offender of the charges against them. At the arraignment, the judge decides based on the severity of the charges, past criminal record and any prior failures to appear if the detainee will be released on their own recognizance or has to post bail. Individuals who are not released and cannot post bail are held until a plea agreement with time served is reached or they found guilty and sentenced. All misdemeanor offenders who are sentenced to serve one year or less will do that time in a county jail. If convicted and sentenced to more than one year the inmate will stay at the county jail waiting for an open space and transport to prison.…show more content…
If the offender violates conditions of parole, they will be returned to either state or federal prison, if the offender violates the terms of probation when released from prison they will go back to prison and if the person violates probation from jail, they will remain in jail until they finish their sentence. An offender who violates their conditional release on their own recognizance or bail bond will be remitted to jail until they are tried and sentenced. Federal Marshalls use local detention facilities to hold fugitives overnight during transport to a federal facility, jails also hold detainees’ that are waiting for bed at mental hospital, juveniles who are waiting to be transferred to juvenile detention centers. County jails are even used by the United States Military, “to hold individuals for protective custody, for contempt, and for the courts as witnesses” (Minton & Sabol, 2009). Even Border Patrol has to use county jails to hold illegals that are caught crossing the

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