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sanisha10 | 22:09 Mon 12th Feb 2007 | Law
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does anyone know what the difference is between jail and prison?
if you do let me know.
thanks

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Call me stupid (Or just ignorant), but I've always used those terms interchangeably...
The words are interchangeable, but it is usual to use prison for a place of long-term incarceration. A gaol is a prison, especially one for people awaiting trial. A jail is an American gaol.
In Monopoly (now Mono University?), you Go Directly to Jail- not prison.
But the TV series was The Prisoner (not the Jailer or even Jailor).

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