What is federal prison?

Federal prisons house people convicted of breaking federal laws and...

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What is federal prison?

Federal prisons house people convicted of breaking federal laws and who are ordered to serve from one year to life incarcerated. Those convicted in a federal court and given the death penalty are also held in federal prisons.

 

Federal prisoners fall under the jurisdiction of the United States Government. They've crossed state lines in the commission of their crimes, or they have affected an institution under the authority of the federal government, such as a federally insured bank or the US Postal Service.

 

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