Jails in the U.S.: Role & Administrative Issues

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Steve was driving drunk and accidentally killed a pedestrian. He's sent to jail and is ultimately sentenced to be incarcerated for a year. Will he go to jail or prison? Why?

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1. Which incarceration facility is normally run by local government and used as a temporary holding facility?

2. Who usually runs a jail?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combination help gauge your knowledge of jails in the United States. For you to successfully pass the quiz, you must be comfortable with two definitions and know when jails are used rather than prisons.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Utilize these assessment tools to test your knowledge of:

  • An incarceration facility run by state or federal government and used for long term confinement
  • An incarceration facility normally run by local government and used as a temporary holding facility
  • Who typically runs jails
  • Concerns faced by jail administrators

Skills Practiced

Practices these skills when you work through these assessment resources:

  • Making connections - understand how the concerns of jail administrators relate to the nature of a jail
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as jails and prisons
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about when inmates are housed in jails

Additional Learning

Learn more about jails and prisons in the United States by reading through the lesson called Jails in the U.S.: Role & Administrative Issues. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the approximate number of inmates in the United States currently
  • Discover the different types of jails and how they may be run
  • Explore the responsibilities of and challenges faced by jail administrators
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