Buildings or other facilities to which people are legally committed as punishment for a crime or while awaiting trial. In North America, the term specifically denotes a facility run by the state or federal government for those who have been convicted of serious crimes, in contrast to a locally run facility for those awaiting trial or convicted of minor offences. Use "jails (buildings)" for places for offenders sentenced either for lesser crimes or relatively short terms.

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Topic ID
360
Title
Prison
Date Added
December 12, 2012
Last Updated
April 11, 2022
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