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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.


1. A prison.
2. A building or place for the legal detention of persons.


, gaol
a place for the confinement of persons convicted and sentenced to imprisonment or of persons awaiting trial to whom bail is not granted


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.
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With few other options available to local law enforcement and judges, county jails are seeing marked increases in the numbers of people with mental illness, many charged with nonviolent or misdemeanor offenses.
But of the 501 inmate deaths that have occurred in county jails since 2009, nearly a third of them - 140 - were by suicide.
The new policy will take effect at the end of the year and will apply to all inmates sentenced to county jail.
A consent agreement was entered, calling for improvements in conditions of county jails.
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A $257-million plan approved Tuesday to reduce overcrowding in Los Angeles County jails could add about 1,000 inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center.
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Without enough beds in county jails, the department has released inmates early, with many serving less than 10 percent of their sentences.
From small county jails to maximum-security state penitentiaries, inmates are being forced to pay room and board while they're locked away.
AMONG his other requests, including a tax hike to fund anti-gang efforts, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca is also asking for $300 million to fix the county jails.
Hoping to relieve the tensions that sparked two weeks of deadly riots in Los Angeles County jails, the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to terminate a $27 million contract to house about 1,200 parolees from the state prison system.