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:


It costs $30,000 to $50,000 per year to send someone to jail. You don't have to pay so much to send someone to school at Johns Hopkins.

-- John Money (New Zealander Psychologist)

I'm gonna perform on one of the nights. Good clean fun; we're not going to jail. For the record.

-- Luther Campbell (American Musician)

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

-- Sam Kinison (American Comedian)

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

-- Danny Sugerman (American Musician)

I just spent 11 and a half months in a maximum-security jail, got shot five times, and was wrongly convicted of a crime I didn't commit.

-- Tupac Shakur (American Musician)

I'd like to do things to make money to save myself but right now I can't do nothing. If they want to put me in jail, they can do that. It's kind of tough.

-- Manute Bol ( Athlete)

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)

Clinton has more important things to worry about. He not only risks being destroyed historically, like Afghanistan's Buddha statues; he also could end up going to jail.

-- Ed Koch (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)

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)

While I was in jail, they handcuffed me and took me to a backroom, where a detective from the FBI and a Secret Service agent were, and they interrogated me for about three or four hours.

-- Sherman Austin ( -)

What I learned in jail is that I can't change. I can't live a different lifestyle-this is it. This is the life that they gave and this is the life that I made.

-- Tupac Shakur (American Musician)

Men who are in prison for rape think it's the dumbest thing that ever happened... they were put in jail for something very little different from what most men do most of the time and call it sex. The only difference is they got caught. It may also be true.

-- Catharine MacKinnon (American Activist)

Tom DeLay ought to go back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence.

-- Howard Dean (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)

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

-- Lawrence Taylor ( Athlete)

I was in jail four and a half years. When I came out, I continued the same struggle against injustice, but instead of using weapons, I began to use art and cinema.

-- Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Iranian Director)

Jail is much easier on people who have nothing.

-- Bernhard Goetz (American -)

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)

All of North Korea is a jail.

-- Kim Y. Sam ( -)

Let me tell you something. Nobody goes to jail unless they want to. Unless they make themselves get caught. They don't have things organized.

-- Nicholas Pileggi ( -)

Summon me, then; I will be the posse comitatus; I will take them to jail.

-- Samuel Chase (American Judge)

I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.

-- Charles Bukowski (American Author)

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)

On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.

-- Robert Anton Wilson (American Writer)

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

-- Rob Reiner (American Director)

As far as Iraq, the important thing is that the Taliban is gone in Afghanistan, three-quarters of the al-Qaida leadership is either dead or in jail, and we now have Saudi Arabia working with us, Pakistan working with us.

-- Peter King ( -)

You can jail a Revolutionary, but you can't jail the Revolution.

-- Huey Newton (American Activist)

If you seek violence, we will seek to put you in jail.

-- Edward Koch (American Politician)

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)

There is no more independence in politics than there is in jail.

-- Will Rogers (American Actor)

Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail.

-- John Donne (British Poet)

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

-- Tupac Shakur (American Musician)

If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.

-- Charles Bukowski (American Author)

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)


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