In the USA the word “jail” means a place for people with a sentence of one year or less, and usually has people convicted of misdemeanors. “Prison” (or “penitentiary”) means a place for people with a sentence of one year or more. Prisons usually holds people convicted of felonies.
The city where I live is about to become the first city in my state to have a privately owned jail.
The owner will be Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) which is so criminal and corrupt that it must regularly change its name. Currently it is known as “CoreCivic.”
One shocking detail from this article:
When a privately owned jail commits offenses, and inmates file lawsuits, the party that pays is not the offending company, but local taxpayers. This is one reason why privatization never saves money for taxpayers. Quite the opposite.
Read the rest of the article by clicking the link below, and see why private jails, and prisons, don’t make sense, and in fact, are downright stupid.