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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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"The Waller County Judge pledges to actively seek passage of state legislation providing for more funding for jail intake, booking, screening training and other jail support like telemedicine access for Texas county jails AND HE SUPPORTS HAVING ANY RESULTING LEGISLATION NAMED IN SANDRA BLAND'S HONOR!"
The family of Sandra Bland, the woman who died last year in a Waller County Jail cell, has reached a settlement with Texas officials in a wrongful death lawsuit, a lawyer for the family said Thursday.
County jails also dispute the complaints against them.
Kareem Shora, a member of the legal department at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, heard from the wife of a detainee who had called her from the Mecklenburg County Jail in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Texas county jails see 1 million bookings a year, and inmate deaths there are a rarity.
But of the 501 inmate deaths that have occurred in county jails since 2009, nearly a third of them - 140 - were by suicide.
If you get the accessories, $1,300." He will also tell me who his customers are--"mostly county jails," but also state prison systems, the U.S.
A March 1996 Department of Justice investigation of the Maricopa County Jails in Arizona found that the sheriff's department used stun guns on prisoners while they were confined in restraint chairs, including one case where jail staff used a stun gun against a prisoner's testicles.
But, under Arpaio's charge, the Maricopa County Jails have come under some harsh criticism.
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.
From small county jails to maximum-security state penitentiaries, inmates are being forced to pay room and board while they're locked away.
An inmate brought a [section] 1983 action alleging that his conditions of confinement in a county jail violated his constitutional rights.