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State and Federal Jails and Penitentiaries

Federal Penitentiaries
The image of federal jails and penitentiaries is bleak and intimidating; as you might expect, these are the last places you want to call "home" for any length of time.

In the United States, there is a plethora of federal jails and penitentiaries scattered across the countryside. Some are located in rural areas, others in cities. At all these facilities, criminals convicted of federal crimes "do timeω either in isolation or shared cells. The quarters are small and cramped, and possessions are few.

Some of the more famous (or infamous, as the case may be) federal jails and penitentiaries include the three listed below:

  • Allenwood Federal Correctional Institution (Pennsylvania)
  • Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution (New Jersey)
  • Leavenworth Federal Prison Camp and United States Penitentiary (Kansas)

Of course, there are plenty of other facilities as well, none of which could be considered "attractive" in any way, shape, or form, especially for someone who is innocent. The life is rough and freedoms are limited (if they are given at all). Food is institutional, and friendships are rare. In fact, in most federal penitentiaries, inmates have to look out for themselves first and foremost.


Historically, federal jails and penitentiaries are some of the most notoriously violent places in the penal system. In-fighting among the criminals housed there is a way of life. In fact, many documentaries, movies, and books have been filmed and written detailing just how gritty and rough the lifestyle is for those who work and live there.

Obviously, no one wants to wind up in one of these facilities, especially if he or she has been accused of a crime of which he or she is innocent. That's why it's of the utmost importance for a person who has been charged to obtain professional legal representation immediately. Otherwise, he or she could be calling jail home for a long time, if not for the rest of his or her life.

Our law firm has a history of winning cases for many clients who have been wrongly accused of federal crimes. Thus, we have helped many avoid long-term sentences.

If you or someone you care about has been accused of a federal crime, please contact our offices via telephone or email today to find out how we can help you. Don't delay; get in touch with us now.

State Penitentiaries
If you've never had any experience with the legal system, you might be confused about state jails and penitentiaries, that's to be expected.

State penitentiaries are typically considered less violent than federal penitentiaries, but that's debatable. Certainly, no one wants to go to any prison, and all can be dangerous places to live.

Those incarcerated have usually committed non-federal crimes or they might be housed in state penitentiaries pending bail if they have been accused of a crime. Even though the United States systems guarantees "innocence until proven guilty", when someone is arrested of a criminal activity, he or she may still go to one of the state penitentiaries.

Inmates often have more freedom than their federally-housed counterparts, but, again, this is quite subjective. Certainly, the term "freedom" is used cautiously; anyone in a state jail can hardly be said to be "free". However, state penitentiaries might appear to give inmates more chances to perform work or activities than prisoners in federal penitentiaries.

The lifestyle in most state penitentiaries is highly regulated out of necessity and safety. Some prisoners are housed in single cells; others may "bunk" with roommates. Everyone will be expected to comply with rules as to when they can eat, sleep, and shower. Recreational activities may be available, but the reputation of state jails "yards" being unsafe and potentially violent places is well-founded.

For these reasons and many others, the last place an accused person wants to end up is in any of the U.S. state jails or penitentiaries. And make no mistake. even innocent persons sometimes end up in prison because of inadequate legal representation. Hence, our law firm encourages anyone who has been accused of a crime and wants true legal expertise on his or her side to contact us immediately.

We have years of experience keeping our clients from facing years in jail, that's our job. If you or someone you care about has been charged with a crime, please call or email us for more information. From there, we'll set up a no-obligation consultation with one of our many legal professionals. And together we'll make every attempt to ensure a positive ending to your case.