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    Question difference between 'prison' and 'jail' ?

    I'm learning English on A2-level.
    I don't understand the difference between prison and jail.
    Is "to escape from prison" the same as "to escape from jail"?
    Thanks for your help.
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    Re: difference between 'prison' and 'jail' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barabara View Post
    I'm learning English on A2-level.
    I don't understand the difference between prison and jail.
    Is "to escape from prison" the same as "to escape from jail"?
    Thanks for your help.
    Barabara
    In the US a jail is usually used to hold prisoners for a short time, perhaps up to a year. Towns, cities, and counties have jails. A prison will hold a person for many years. The federal and various states manage prisons, though some prisons are managed by sub-contractors who bid for the work.

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    Re: difference between 'prison' and 'jail' ?

    Welcome to the forums, Barabara.

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    Re: difference between 'prison' and 'jail' ?

    How about "correctional centre"?

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    Re: difference between 'prison' and 'jail' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    How about "correctional centre"?
    What about it?

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    Re: difference between 'prison' and 'jail' ?

    Is "correctional centre" a prison or a jail or neither?
    In the English-Chinese dictionaries, they translate the same.

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    Re: difference between 'prison' and 'jail' ?

    More than likely a prison.

    We don't have "state prisons" here anymore. We have "state correctional institutions."

    It makes it sound more important or fancy, but it doesn't change what it really is.

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    #8

    Re: difference between 'prison' and 'jail' ?

    What about British English. Is it the same difference?

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    Re: difference between 'prison' and 'jail' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barabara View Post
    What about British English. Is it the same difference?
    No, we have prisons.

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    Re: difference between 'prison' and 'jail' ?

    In BE I'd say most of us use prison/jail/gaol (pronounced 'jail') pretty much interchangeably or we specify the name of the prison, such as Strangeways, Belmarsh and Pentonville.

    In the UK there are four categories of security for adult prisons. Click here to read more.

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