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Difference Between Florida Jails and Prisons

In Florida there are some major differences between jail and prison. If you are being held in custody for a crime that you allegedly committed or if you were already convicted of a crime and sentenced, you may be held in a County jail or a prison depending on the nature of the charges

Florida County jails are generally managed by the Sheriff's department in the County where they are located. The inmates may be awaiting sentencing, or have been sentenced to serve a year or less. Click here for a list of County jails in Florida by County.

Prisons in Florida are managed by the Florida Department of Corrections. The prison inmates have already been convicted and sentenced, usually for a felony, to serve more than a year.Prison terms are served in the Florida State prison system. In order to search the Florida Department of Corrections prison inmate information click here.

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