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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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The deputy jailor was rushed to nearby Deen Dayal government hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
1999: The most daring shootout was witnessed during Kalyan Singh government's rule when deputy jailor of the Lucknow District Jail, R.
Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India], October 16 ( ANI ): The jailor of the Dasna jail, where Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, the parents of 14-year-old Aarushi, who was found murdered nine years back in Noida, had been lodged in since November 2013, has said that while in jail, the dentist couple gave medical service for free to their prison inmates and refused remuneration amounting to Rs.
Tenders are invited for Supplying and lowering of Submersible pump set in various JSCs in newly developed Borewell 1) 40 Seater Prefab JSC at JJC Jailor Wala Bagh Ashok Vihar Site No.3, 2) 40 Seater Prefab JSC at JJC Jailor Wala Bagh Ashok Vihar Site No.1, 3) 40 Seater Pr in connection with Construction of Pay and Use JSC.
Summary: Dasna (Ghaziabad) [India], October 12 (ANI): The jailor of Dasna Jail, Dr Maurya on Thursday informed that Rajesh and Nupur Talwar breathed a sigh of relief post Allahabad High Court acquitted them.
And yet, despite her jailors' efforts, the senator maintains a link with the world outside.
Yunis explained that he was subjected to torture by six jailors during his detention in the solitary confinement, where they beat him after tying him to his bed and stripping off his clothes.
After his arraignment the following morning he was taken to the county jail where, during the three hours preceding his suicide, "nothing occurred that would put reasonable jailors on notice of a possible suicide attempt" according to the appeals court.