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Going to “Prison” or “Jail”

Believe it or not, prison and jail are not synonyms.

Prison is a generic for penitentiaries (maximum security institutions), correctional institutions and reformatories (medium security institutions) and work-oriented facilities (minimum security institutions), all of which confine people serving sentences for felonies.

A jail confines people serving sentences for misdemeanors or holds people awaiting trail on any charge, awaiting sentencing for any conviction, or to hold persons for civil matters such as failing to pay alimony or contempt of court.

In short: prison is for people convicted of felonies, jail is for everything else.

Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.

Until next time! Use the right words!


July 11, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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