The purpose of jails is to detain the wrongdoers that can not be released back into society. Jail is used in order to hold individuals “charged with a crime until their trials.” (University of Phoenix, 2006)
There are several cases in which an offender may be held till transferred to the appropriate authorities or facilities. Juveniles may be held in jail temporarily before being transferred to the juvenile authorities. The mentally ill may be detained in jail to prevent from further endangering another or themselves until transferred to a facility that can better assist the problem. There are many recent problems relating to overcrowded federal and state prisons. Jail plays as a back up for those inmates who may be waiting for a transfer instead of releasing back into society.
In some cases an offender may be released back into society with probation or parole. When a violation occurs, the offender will be detained in jail.
There are so many different protections for the offenders and the rest of society that have been adopted into our system to make it better.
Jail is very effective in detaining the offenders who are not fortunate enough to be released back into society. There are instances in which an offender may not be able to “post bail after an arrest” (University of Phoenix, 2006) and are forced to be detained in jail. However, time-served helps these offenders in some instances of receiving a lesser sentence. Not all persons who commit a crime should be entitled to be released with probation or parole. In some cases the offender may have committed a crime that may be considered more dangerous and needs to be isolated away from the rest of society. Jail is effective in protecting our society from further crime being committed by detaining the individuals who choose to do wrong.
University of Phoenix. (2006). Prisons and jail. Retrieved May 17, 2009, from University of Phoenix, Week Eight, CJS200.