"Jail: A place of confinement for persons held in lawful custody, specifically a place under the jurisdiction of a local government (such as a county) for the confinement of persons awaiting trial or those convicted of minor crimes." The Merriam-Webster definition should dispel the myth that prisons and jails are 1 in the same. Nationwide more than 50% of the people detained in local jails are awaiting trial. They're presumed innocent. At the Jackson County Detention Center, that number is even higher. Less than 10% of those detained in the Center are in the post-trial phase of incarceration. Among that 10 percent, many are awaiting sentencing and reassignment to other facilities, such as a state prison. Some are awaiting probation and parole hearings. A few are being held from other jurisdictions besides Jackson County.