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see prisonprison,
place of confinement for the punishment and rehabilitation of criminals. By the end of the 18th cent. imprisonment was the chief mode of punishment for all but capital crimes.
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What does it mean when you dream about jail?

Dreaming about being in jail usually reflects a sense of restriction one feels in one’s outer life, the limiting of one’s creativity. It could also indicate a sense of guilt or self-criticism. Alternatively, the dreamer may need to “put a lock on” certain actions and behavior. Dreaming about being the jailor is similar, though it shifts the focus to our own agency—we are the ones restricting ourselves.

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1. A prison.
2. A building or place for the legal detention of persons.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


, gaol
a place for the confinement of persons convicted and sentenced to imprisonment or of persons awaiting trial to whom bail is not granted
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


Dreaming about jail may make you think that you have done something immoral or illegal, or committed an act that merits punishment. You may also have a fear of being trapped emotionally or physically. If you are the jailer, you may have an unconscious desire to exert control over others or in a particular situation. Either way, this dream suggests that you have obstacles in your life that may not be easy to overcome.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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Mosley was transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.
"To prevent future document falsifications, Waller County jail will use automated electronic sensors to ensure accurate and timely cell checks."
But in the past year, a series of cutbacks at the county jail has exacerbated the problems.
Zahida Parveen closed her convenience store in Brooklyn early on an April evening to load four of her children and their grandmother into a DRUM volunteer's car for the two-hour ride to Passaic County Jail. This was only the second time they were able to visit Parveen's husband, Mohmmad Akram, in the five months he had been detained.
The Bureau then transferred Bohadana to the Madison County Jail for the weekend.
(80) Perhaps due to their young ages, however, only 10 percent of burglars were sent to County Jail. Instead, 54 percent were detained in Juvenile Hall.
Wiggins was transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.
The commission's county jail death data is not precise; it is collected from across the state's 254 counties, and different jails at times use different terms to describe the cause of death.
In December 1998, Kenneth Vincent Bishop died at the Pueblo County Jail in Colorado shortly after being placed in a restraint chair.
He remains in the Lake County jail on $500,000 bail and is due in court March 14.
Guards at the Maricopa County Jails have been known to use the stun gun against an inmate "simply to see its effect," the report states.
Eubanks was transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

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