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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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| Sean Ryan, 33, of Aquarium Street, Rhyl, jailed for five years and two months.
| Sami Hajri, 22, of Calgarth Road, Warrington, jailed for eight years and four months.
Darren Lockyer, 37, of Newmarket Walk, South Shields, has been jailed for four months after pleading guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with the intent to cause fear of violence.
Petrit Basha, 63, formerly of Melrose Gardens, Wallsend, has been jailed for eight years after he admitted wounding with intent.
Colin Patterson, 51, from Newcastle, has been jailed for two years for attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
Gary Norman, 42, of Sunderland, has been jailed for for 18 months after admitting three counts of exposure and one of sexual activity in the presence of a child.
Joshua Okugbeni, 21, of Cleadon, South Tyneside, has been jailed for five years and four months after admitting assault with intent to commit a sexual offence and common assault.
Dominic Taylor, 24, of Sunderland, has been jailed for 22 months after admitting possessing a bladed article and a public order offence.
Dale Walker, 25, of South Shields, has been jailed for 10 months after admitting handling stolen goods.
Scott Stephenson, 19, formerly of St Mark's Way, South Shields but now homeless, has been jailed for two years after admitting theft who have been jailed.
Here, we've pulled together a collection of photographs of offenders who have been convicted and jailed at courts around the North East throughout last month.
Widow Mary McCabe, 53, of Cherry Lane, Walton, who minded the assault rifle, was jailed for eight years while Lisa Whitney, 31, of Hilary Close, Walton; Thomas Dowd, 29, of City Road, Anfield and Gary Edwards, 47, also of Eremon Close, Fazakerley, were ordered to serve four years, four years and four months and four year terms respectively.