I have something to admit: until recently, I used the terms “jail” and “prison” interchangeably. After all, that’s the place where you go when you commit a crime until you pay your debt to society.
These days, it’s much less ambiguous, especially with the bad girl trio of Paris, Nicole and Lindsay having faced/currently facing JAIL time.
Jail is where you go when you’re only in custody for a short time for a misdemeanor or other small offense. Prison is where you serve a much longer sentence for a much more serious crime.
According to the AP:
Prison is a generic term that may be applied to the maximum security institutions or reformatories. All such facilities confine people serving sentences for felonies.
A jail is a facility normally used to confine people serving sentences for misdemeanors, persons awaiting trial or sentencing on either felony or misdemeanor charges, and persons confined for civil matters such as failure to pay alimony and other types of contempt of court.
There you have it.
To think that all along I thought that Paris had been in PRISON! Not so.
Ah, a girl can dream.