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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.
Doubtless part of the reason for keeping De Lima and her friends on a tight leash is the desire of her jailors - or those behind her jailors and who orchestrated the events leading to her detention - to break her.
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.