Jails are city or county facilities, where most people who are locked up are awaiting trial, often because they cannot afford to post bail. Some end up serving their sentences in jail. According to Prison Policy Initiative’s 2022 report, there are 547,000 people in local jails in the U.S., including 103,000 that have been convicted. These are stories from or about city, county and district jails and other short-term holding facilities.
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