Sunday 23 September 2007

AAE Q96: 'jail' vs 'prison'


What is difference between jail and prison?



A jail is usually the first place a person is taken after being arrested by police officers. Most cities have at least one jail, and persons are taken directly there after they are arrested.

A prison is an institution for the confinement of people convicted of crimes. Prisons are administered by state, provincial, or national governments and house inmates for relatively long terms. They thus differ from jails, which usually are under local jurisidiction and house inmates serving short sentences.

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