Prison cell

What’s the Difference Between Jail and Prison?

Legal AssistantCriminal Law

The words “jail” and “prison” are often used interchangeably. While both terms generally refer to incarceration, they’re not the same. Incarceration of any kind is a punishment. It is designed to be unpleasant. That said, the policies and rights that define the day-to-day life of inmates are quite different in the two institutions. What exactly is the difference between jail …