Is there any difference between being sent to jail or prison in Florida?

Whitney S. Boan Protecting Your Right

Video Transcript

Yes. The difference between the two is that if you’re sentenced to jail, you’ve been sentenced to a term of a year or less of whatever crime you’ve been convicted of, whereas a prison means that you’ve been sentenced to term of a year and a day or more. The other difference is that if you’re sentenced to a jail, you’re going to serve your time most likely in the county in which you’ve been convicted, whereas if your sentenced to prison, the State of Florida maintains our prisons through the Department of Corrections and has the authority to move you anywhere throughout the state to serve your sentence of a year and a day or more.