Interested in Language
One piece on page 27 in The New Yorker, April 14, 2014, entitled Letter from Baltimore – This is My Jail – Where gang members and their female guards set the rules, reads:
The B.C.D.C. is a jail, not a prison; nearly all the inmates are being held on bail and are awaiting trial. (A few are serving short sentences.) Inmates are called detainees, …
According to The New Oxford Dictionary of English 1998:
jail: n. a place for the confinement of people accused or convicted of a crime
prison: n. a building to which people are legally committed as a punishment for crimes they have committed or while awaiting trial
My question is what's the difference between jail and prison?
Grateful for your help.
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