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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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Named due its origins as a former police house and cell block, the Jailhouse has been serving meals and providing nights out for generations.
Even though the jailhouse witness admitted at trial that I had not robbed him, the state introduced his previous statements implicating me and I was convicted.
These jailhouse informants are often offered something in return for their cooperation, like money or dropped or lessened charges.
Alex Romero choreographed and directed Elvis Presley in the film Jailhouse Rock and other early rock and roll movies.
In a jailhouse letter written to another prisoner and released Monday by Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier, Fields said she "snapped" and killed her deaf neighbor with a shovel after a struggle.
Cindy Anthony attempted to visit her daughter in the Orange County Jailhouse to speak with her daughter but was completely rebuffed by Casey, according to ABC News.
Jailhouse informants produce so many wrongful convictions that several states have concluded they can no longer be used without more stringent controls.
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But it was his spontaneous performance of Jailhouse Rock that ensured he stuck in the minds of judges Phillip, from South Shields, is a member of the South Tyneside Badger Unit.
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"Test, Punish, and Push Out," released January 20 as part of the group's Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track project, details the impact that high-stakes testing and zero-tolerance policies have on graduation rates and students that enter the criminal justice system.
Police in the ski resort of Aspen, Colorado - who took his mugshot and posted details outside the jailhouse - charged him with seconddegree assault, menacing and criminal mischief.