Amanda Ratliff-Corrections-Diss 2.2 - What are the role and function of jails today The American jail today is typically the most common sentencing

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What are the role and function of jails today? The American jail today is typically the most common sentencing option for minor charges. These can include misdemeanors, less dangerous crimes, and first time felony offenders (Allen, Latessa, & Ponder, 2016). Jails often house people awaiting trial, conviction, and sentencing (Allen, Latessa, & Ponder, 2016). Jails also house mentally ill criminals awaiting transfers or those awaiting transfers to state and federal prisons (Allen, Latessa, & Ponder, 2016). Very often, jail is the first encounter for an offender within the criminal justice system. Jails sometimes process inmates, detain them for a short time and then release then and other times offenders serve sentences up to a year(Allen, Latessa, & Ponder, 2016). Is overcrowding occurring due to the differences in how jails are presently used versus how they were used in the past? 36 percent of the 25 largest jails in America are exceeding their capacity and they are
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