jail jail  /ˈdʒeɪl/


  1. (n) a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
  2. (v) lock up or confine, in or as in a jail


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  1. Spent seven months in jail, and then the matter was dropped.
  2. Going to jail really changed my mind about a lot of the people who end up doing time in America.
  3. Because of contempt of court, three newspapermen of the South were cast into jail and another was fined $300.


  1. Jail budget in the hole

    YORK – Inmate medical costs have been so high this fiscal year that this particular line item in the jail budget has been drained.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: York News-Times

  2. Dawson State Jail To Close After Series Of CBS 11 I-Team Reports

    A jail in downtown Dallas is closing for good -- after a series of CBS 11 I-Team investigations uncovered questionable deaths inside the facility.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: CBS Dallas - Fort Worth

  3. Jail and Bail to be held

    A Jail and Bail will be held June 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Walmart #1024 in Swainsboro to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Participants are Charles Schwabe, Joel Beecher, Billy Chapman, Wanda Parham, Lee Stewart, Jim Harrel, Angie Wilkerson, Mikell Clifton, Trudie E. Kasper, Tash
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Swainsboro Forest-Blade


  1. "I must also say that I was shocked to see all of the attention devoted to the amount of time I would spend in jail for what I had done by the media, public and city officials," Hilton said in the Saturday statement. "I would hope going...
    on Jun 9, 2007 By: Paris Hilton Source: CNN

  2. "Too often in the Mideast, politics has consisted of one leader in power and the opposition in jail," Bush said. "America is deeply concerned about the plight of political prisoners in this region, as well as democratic activists who are...
    on May 19, 2008 By: President Bush Source: Jerusalem Post

  3. "Looters will go directly to jail. You will not get a pass this time," Mayor Ray Nagin told reporters on Sunday. "You will not have a temporary stay in the city. You will go directly to the Big House."
    on Aug 31, 2008 By: Ray Nagin Source: CTV.ca

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