Judges issue detainers and warrants in connection with criminal cases. Detainers are a type of warrant but deal specifically with people already in prison.
A detainer is a warrant placed against an inmate for pending charges.
A warrant orders police to carry out specified acts.
Types of Detainers
Detainers are issued to hold inmates who face charges in another jurisdiction. They also are placed against inmates facing a probation violation which has yet to be resolved, and against those who must serve a sentence in other jurisdictions.
Types of Warrants
Arrest warrants are issued for those suspected or accused of committing a crime. Bench warrants also are issued compelling people to appear in court. A third type of warrant is a search warrant which police use to search for evidence.
You should consult with an attorney about your legal rights if you receive a detainer or warrant.