Federal prisons most often house people who have been convicted of federal crimes, including those committed against a federal institution; people who have been convicted of interstate crimes can also be placed in a federal prison, according to a Library Index article. State prisons generally house people who have been convicted of serious crimes requiring sentences that last a period of several years or more.Continue Reading
A major difference between state and federal prisons is the level of violence common among inmates. USA Today reported that state prisons house far more violent criminals than federal prisons. This is such a well-known fact that defense attorneys for many white-collar criminals often urge their clients to participate in plea bargains in order to avoid incarceration at the state prison level, according to the article. The majority of white-collar crimes tend to violate both state and federal laws and may be prosecuted in either jurisdiction.
The most common federal offenses that land a person in federal prison include crimes committed on the high seas, crimes committed against banks, federally insured credit unions or post offices and crimes committed against a federal officer, such as an FBI agent, according to the Library Index article. The Federal Bureau of Prisons manages federal prisons, and each state has its own department of corrections to manage that state's prisons.Learn more about Crime
There are 31 state prisons in Georgia, three of which are designated for women. Each prison is rated by a security classification system. The security classification system levels are minimum, medium and close security. Offenders are assigned to a security level based on factors like the nature of the offense.Full Answer >
The Georgia Department of Corrections website provides search tools for county jails and state prisons. The search tools offer several fields in which to enter information for customized searches. Arrests.org features mugshot searches that return custody dates, locations, criminal charges, names of arrested individuals and available mugshots.Full Answer >
A class C misdemeanor can vary in definition depending on a state's particular laws, but in general this type of offense is used to categorize petty crimes such as shoplifting. Additionally, a class C misdemeanor usually results in a fine or jail time of less than 1 year.Full Answer >
Some explanations as to why people commit violent crimes include personal choices weighed against the possible repercussions of a crime, and the theory that crime emerges as a conflict between different economic classes. Criminology attempts to determine the reasons individuals commit crimes and the behavior that leads to violent crime.Full Answer >