Here is an example from Fox News today:
- Neal Evans, who murdered Atlanta Braves pitcher Dave Shotkoski in 1995, released from jail 10 years early
Gosh, that would be a tragedy if someone was released from JAIL 10 years early, because it would mean his sentence was negative 9 years.
Because a jail sentence can be no longer than 1 year.
Get it? 1 minus 10 = -9.
Is there a difference between jail and prison?
Clearly, the differences are many AND important. And any student in Introduction to Criminal Justice could tell you all about them.
But not the media.
Imagine the ignorance that is required to state not only that a murderer was released from jail early, but also to state he was sentenced to jail in the first place!
Oh yeah, and notice the killer is black and the victim is white. Does that have anything to do with the outrage?