What is jail?

  • (noun): 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).
    Synonyms: jailhouse, gaol, clink, slammer
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A prison (from Old French prisoun), also known as gaol or jail, is a place in which people are physically confined and usually deprived of a range of personal freedoms. Imprisonment or incarceration is a legal penalty that may be imposed by the government for the commission of a crime. Other terms used are penitentiary, correctional facility, remand centre, detention centre, and gaol or jail. In some legal systems some of these terms have distinct meanings.

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Scotty Smith - Jail
... After his year in jail, Scotty left for a more rural area, and from the early 1880s he was a bandit in the area of the Goshen and Stellaland Republics ...
Pam Lychner State Jail
... Pam Lychner State Jail is a Texas Department of Criminal Justice state jail for men located in Atascocita, unincorporated northeast Harris County, Texas, United States, east of Humble ... In July 1995, the jail, initially the Atascocita State Jail, opened ... voted to rename the facility to Pam Lychner State Jail ...
Bergen County Jail
... Bergen County Jail is a facility operated by the Bergen County Sheriff's Office located on 160 South River Street in Hackensack, New Jersey ... The jail provides a detention for both sentenced and unsentenced prisoners from minimum to maximum security environment ...
Todd County Courthouse, Sheriff's House, And Jail
... County Courthouse, Sheriff's House, and Jail, located at 215 First Avenue South in Long Prairie, Todd County in the U.S ... The jail cells were provided by J.P ...

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