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    Hello everyone,
    Would you please tell me the difference between these words?

    1) Jail.
    2) prison.
    3) gaol.
    4) guardhouse.
    5) house of correction.


    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: jail or prison

    Quote Originally Posted by zoobinshid
    Hello everyone,
    Would you please tell me the difference between these words?

    1) Jail.
    2) prison.
    3) gaol.
    4) guardhouse.
    5) house of correction.


    Thanks in advance,

    1) Jail - detention for people awaiting trial.
    2. Prison - place for offenders after the trial ( after being sentenced).
    3. ?
    4. Guardhouse is the building within the jail that is situated right at the front, controlling all the vehicle, staff and inmate traffic, heavily manned, armed and monitored. ( in Canada)
    5. House of correction - detention for minor crime offenders.


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    Re: jail or prison

    'gaol' is a variant spelling of 'jail', with the same pronunciation.
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    Re: jail or prison

    In the U.S., prison, correctional center, penitentiary, work farm, house of correction(s) and correctional institution all mean the same thing i.e. a place where convicted felons are imprisoned for sentences of usually more than one year. A jail is a place for both detaining suspects awaiting trial, and where people convicted of lesser crimes (misdemeanors) serve short sentences.

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