Definitions for: Jail


[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)
[v] lock up or confine, in or as in a jail; "The suspects were imprisoned without trial"; "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"



Webster (1913) Definition: Jail, n. [OE. jaile, gail, gayhol, OF. gaole, gaiole,
jaiole, F. ge[^o]le, LL. gabiola, dim. of gabia cage, for L.
cavea cavity, cage. See Cage.]
A kind of prison; a building for the confinement of persons
held in lawful custody, especially for minor offenses or with
reference to some future judicial proceeding. [Written also
gaol.]

This jail I count the house of liberty. --Milton.

Jail bird, a prisoner; one who has been confined in prison.
[Slang]

Jail delivery, the release of prisoners from jail, either
legally or by violence.

Jail delivery commission. See under Gaol.

Jail fever (Med.), typhus fever, or a disease resembling
it, generated in jails and other places crowded with
people; -- called also hospital fever, and ship fever.


Jail liberties, or Jail limits, a space or district
around a jail within which an imprisoned debtor was, on
certain conditions, allowed to go at large. --Abbott.

Jail lock, a peculiar form of padlock; -- called also
Scandinavian lock.


Jail, v. t.
To imprison. [R.] --T. Adams (1614).

[Bolts] that jail you from free life. --Tennyson.

Synonyms: clink, gaol, gaol, immure, imprison, incarcerate, jailhouse, jug, lag, put away, put behind bars, remand, slammer

See Also: bastille, confine, correctional institution, detain, holding cell, hoosegow, hoosgow, house of correction, lockup, pokey, workhouse

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Famous Quotes Containing Jail:


My occupation now, I suppose, is jail inmate.

-- Theodore Kaczynski (American Criminal)

You see, you can't put joblessness in a jail cell.

-- Carrie P. Meek (American Politician)

In this country, don't forget, a habit is no damn private hell. There's no solitary confinement outside of jail. A habit is hell for those you love. And in this country it's the worst kind of hell for those who love you.

-- Billie Holiday (American Musician)

It is unconscionable that 10,000 boys have died in Vietnam. If 10,000 American women had mind enough they could end the war, if they were committed to the task, even if it meant going to jail.

-- Jeanette Rankin (American Politician)

He thinks he can use the jail for networking to be somebody. In that way, he's always operating.

-- John Leguizamo (Colombian Comedian)

The story follows the whole family. But pretty much all the characters who are in jail have written a book about it, so you've got their perspective of it, however skewed they want you to see it.

-- Marguerite Moreau (American Actress)

We'll try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because, as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail.

-- Dave Barry (American Journalist)

Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous. That's why so many of them are in jail.

-- Don DeLillo (American Novelist)

I just put myself in a hotel and was smoking coke for a while. Then I met up with the wrong people. I ended up getting in a hassle. I had to call the police and get myself arrested or get attacked, ripped off and got to jail. So I called the cops on them and myself.

-- Marc Wallice (American Actor)

Federal prison, if you get any of it, you're going to have to do 85% of it. And the reason why I called it that is because I had a friend who got sent to the federal joint and his whole... it wasn't about him being in jail. He cried about the 85%.

-- Mike Epps (American Comedian)

Every single person in jail for a violent crime had a nightmare childhood.

-- Rob Reiner (American Director)

They would almost throw the cops in jail when they tried to arrest me.

-- Lawrence Taylor ( Athlete)

With random urinalysis, there's a clear choice - either get high or go to jail.

-- Brian Baird (American Politician)

I know a lot of reporters certainly will go to jail to defend confidential sources. Some have even gone to jail for an issue like this. But I can't say that's the norm.

-- Floyd Abrams (American Lawyer)

I went to jail at 16 for stealing tires off Cadillacs. When I got out I said, Never again.

-- Barry White (American Musician)

I don't have to talk about whether or not I got raped in jail.

-- Tupac Shakur (American Musician)

It's such a tragedy that man endures in killing his brother and his own kind, putting him in jail and insane asylums, letting him lay out in the street.

-- Sun Ra ( Musician)

There's no happy ending to cocaine. You either die, you go to jail, or else you run out.

-- Sam Kinison (American Comedian)

So what really works? Treatments in jail do some good, but it's mostly too late: finding a family and a job or just growing older make most prisoners eventually give up crime.

-- Polly Toynbee (English Journalist)

There's a pattern when tours start - a pattern of infighting, of making up, of breaking up, of addiction. There's a pattern of going to jail. There's a pattern of passion for music.

-- Nikki Sixx (American Musician)

To put someone in jail for using drugs in the privacy of his hotel room is just barbaric.

-- Danny Sugerman (American Musician)

I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.

-- Martin Luther King, Jr. (American Leader)

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

-- H. L. Mencken (American Writer)

They still don't want to admit to the world that this isn't the best and the fairest and most equal justice system. And that they are guilty of railroading people into jail. They don't want to, or never will, admit these things.

-- Leonard Peltier (Ojibwa Activist)

I'm sorry I didn't go to jail for six months, then I know you could come to see me anytime you wanted to.

-- Eddie Slovik (American Soldier)

I used to help my granddaddy make sausage. He would mix it up in a cleaned-out washtub with his hands, no gloves. Man, if we did anything like that today, they would jack the jail up and throw us under it.

-- Jimmy Dean (American Actor)

The beauty, the poetry of the fear in their eyes. I didn't mind going to jail for, what, five, six hours? It was absolutely worth it.

-- Johnny Depp ( Actor)

But when we have families, when we have children, this gives us a purpose for being, to protect our children, to avoid going to jail because if I'm in jail, who looks after my children, who's there for my wife?

-- Ernie Hudson (American Actor)

Jail is much easier on people who have nothing.

-- Bernhard Goetz (American -)

It's not that I don't want to become famous or that I'm obsessed by my work as an actress, but it's all about not limiting myself, such as putting myself in a little jail that I can escape from.

-- Sarah Polley (Canadian Actress)

And it should be the law: If you use the word "paradigm" without knowing what the dictionary says it means, you go to jail. No exceptions.

-- David Jones ( -)

The vice president had a bargaining asset, however, that no ordinary person has: He was next in line to the presidency. I saw no chance that he would resign first, then take his chances on trial, conviction, and jail.

-- Elliot Richardson (American Lawyer)

Rotten travesty. Yeah. Send me to jail for contempt. Try that. Go ahead.

-- Jack Kevorkian (American Activist)

Addiction should never be treated as a crime. It has to be treated as a health problem. We do not send alcoholics to jail in this country. Over 500,000 people are in our jails who are nonviolent drug users.

-- Ralph Nader (American Lawyer)


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