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I was thinking, that most people are unfamiliar with incarceration / jail.

They are usually under the impression that jail is the same as prison.

Let me tell you, they are totally different things.


Jail - usually county, or local level of incarceration. ~ This is basically a holding area for minor criminals.

Prison - State or Federal level of incarceration. ~ This is where the already been convicted criminals are housed - usually for long periods of time.

There are many levels of prison / jail / incarceration.

Jail, or gaol (especially in Australia and New Zealand[1]),[1][2] or remand prison, is a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the state. This includes either accused persons awaiting trial or for those who have been convicted of a crime and are serving a sentence of less than one year.[3][4] Jails are generally small penitentiaries run by individual counties and cities,[4] though some jails in larger communities may be as large and hold as many inmates as regular prisons. "Jail" is also a synonym for "prison" in most countries (excluding the United States), especially when the facility is of a similar size as a correctional facility. As with prisons, some jails have different wings for certain types of offenders, and have work programs for inmates who demonstrate good behavior. (thank you wikipedia!)

Now (personal tidbit) I've been in the local level jail, for the duration of a weekend. (thank you texas for putting people in jail for not paying speeding tickets)

I'm just wondering, what are some of the misnomers you have about prison/jail/incarceration?

Have you ever been in lock-up?
Have you known anyone in prison/jail/incarcerated?
Do you think your countries rules pertaining to incarceration are just?
Do you think there needs to be a reformation on the prison systems?

*note - i'm purposely posting this in the general section to get people thinking, since it seems that the general section has gone downhill since i last visited it*
Posted 2/2/09 , edited 2/2/09
My cousin was a minor criminal and he went to jail for a few months. The guards would sneak in DVDs for him to watch, he was well fed and exercised and he even got away with smoking in his 'cell'. That's not punishment, that's a holiday.
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Psyence87 wrote:

My cousin was a minor criminal and he went to jail for a few months. The guards would sneak in DVDs for him to watch, he was well fed and exercised and he even got away with smoking in his 'cell'. That's not punishment, that's a holiday.


lol yeah, i never spent much time in my "cell" either...

The way the justice systems are now, it's like begging people to commit crimes so they can get three meals a day and a roof over their head... and cable TV and an xbox to play.....
Posted 2/2/09 , edited 2/2/09

Dusterbayala wrote:

lol yeah, i never spent much time in my "cell" either...

The way the justice systems are now, it's like begging people to commit crimes so they can get three meals a day and a roof over their head... and cable TV and an xbox to play.....


Exactly, he was telling me about how he had an Xbox to play and a television in his room. They even had a little leisure center with ping pong tables and pool tables.

Before I was born my dad got a few months in jail. These guys were breaking into a store at night and they did it six or seven times and they were bragging to him about how easy it was and how he could do it too. He decided to try it and when he jumped over the wall the police were waiting there for him. Rather than ratting out the other guys he admitted to doing all of the robberies. When my cousin told him about his time in jail my dad said things were a lot different for him. They locked him in a 12x12 cell for 23 hours a day with a bed, a toilet and some newspapers in the room. For the one hour he wasn't locked up they would let him out to eat and walk around a little square yard. I asked him what the food was like and he said 'You don't even want to know.' It's odd, because my cousins crimes were a lot worse and I'm pretty sure my dad was younger then than he is now.
Posted 2/2/09
In america prison is business.
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Psyence87 wrote:

My cousin was a minor criminal and he went to jail for a few months. The guards would sneak in DVDs for him to watch, he was well fed and exercised and he even got away with smoking in his 'cell'. That's not punishment, that's a holiday.


im sure he was sucking dicks as a favor for his pleasure holiday.
Posted 2/2/09

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im sure he was sucking dicks as a favor for his pleasure holiday.


Thank you for your intelligent assumption.
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watch the soap

or as Martin Lawrence puts it- http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=-EfuKqgM8XM
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I don;t know anyone who's been sent to prison, but I know that in my country, if a person were to loo millions of dollars illegally out of organisation, they would get caned by the ratten. Apparently 2 ministers who are well known for corruption changed the law so that the punishment would not be so severe. Basically if the 2 ministers were caught they would ensure that they would receive less severe punishment.

Its kinda of topic but its related, i guess.
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Out of curiosity, is being under "house arrest" considered a form of incarceration?


There was a time when a politician was being prosecuted for some form of graft and corruption, and during the entire proceeding, he was placed under "house arrest" in a, take note... Vacation Villa in the suburbs. I don't know if that can be called incarceration, but it's most certainly retarded. For all I know, he could be playing a round of golf at gun-point... but that's beside the point, right?
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He's finally out but I never got a chance to ask him how it was like in there. I wonder if he saw anyone get butt raped.


Funny you should mention that. I read a journal article regarding the incidence of STDs in selected Prisons in the United States (won't say which ones, though). Apparently, there was a marked increased risk for acquiring them. I leave it to you to figure out how that happened, but you probably already know. So as far as getting butt raped is concerned... I wouldn't be surprised if he did. D:
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About 5 years ago, due to bogus charges and an inability to continue paying a lawyer, my husband pleaded guilty to a fraud charge (arising from a building contract). He got 15 days in the Aspen jail.(parred to 12 for good behaviour.) But they have something called "work release" program here. That means, during the day, you can go to your job, but at 6:00 pm you have to be back and check in to the jail. You also have to PAY to stay at the jail. $75.00 per night. (what do you expect! It's ASPEN for gosh sakes!) They had a library, a work out room, a kitchen nice bed, private bathroom etc. My husband and I were not really too put out by the whole thing, and in the end, it was better than continuing a long stupid court battle where only the lawyers won!
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hmm... i dunno if it can be called jail but i spent a night in a temporary detainment cell AKA freight container with holes during last year's dinagyang festival.

imagine being locked in with 30 strange very drunk men peeing in their pants and puking on their shirts in the tropics.
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