Doing 'Hard Time' in the Nation's Jails
Date:  01-23-2018

Eight points of comparison to a Kansas prison and a jail reveal stark differences
From Professor Chris Barker’s article in The Crime Report:

Before I had thought much about the distinction between jails and prisons, a local prosecutor suggested that I take my political science students to El Dorado Correctional Facility, a maximum-security state prison located about 45 minutes northeast of Wichita.

We applied to the Kansas Department of Corrections and toured the facility in April 2016.

I initially thought that the experience of going behind the concertina wire might help students understand the severity of conditions in American prisons. Instead, we were more impressed by the truth of something we had been told at the local county jail.

During three separate visits to Cowley County Jail in November 2014, October 2015, and November 2016, we were told that jail time is “hard time” in comparison to incarceration in a state prison. It hardly seemed possible. Continue reading >>>