What is prison?

  • (noun): A correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment.
    Synonyms: prison house
    See also — Additional definitions below


A prison (from Old French prisoun) 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 state for the commission of a crime. Other terms used are penitentiary, correctional facility, remand centre, detention centre, and jail or gaol. In some legal systems some of these terms have distinct meanings.

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Desmond Keith Carter
1992 murder of Helen Purdy and executed in 2002 by the State of North Carolina at the Central Prison in Raleigh ... a steak sub, and two Cokes from the prison canteen, for which he paid $4.20 from his prison account ... statement that was recorded by the warden of Central Prison, Carter said "The only thing I would like to say is that I apologize to the victim's family of Ms ...
Willich - Notable Places - Anrath Prison
... The former royal Prison in Anrath is now a federal state prison named "Justizvollzugsanstalt Willich" ...
Wesley Snipes - Legal Troubles - Imprisonment
... by CNN's Larry King if he was nervous about going to prison, and he admitted his trepidation about doing time ... I think anyone would be nervous about that." On December 9, 2010, Snipes reported to federal prison to begin his three-year sentence ... Snipes is being held at McKean Federal Correctional Institution, a federal prison in Pennsylvania, and is scheduled for release on July 19, 2013 ...
Yoshie Shiratori
... He is best known for having escaped from prison four times over three years ... He escaped from Aomori prison in 1936 ... He escaped from Akita prison in 1942 ...
Michael Howard - Member of Parliament - Home Secretary - Interview On Newsnight
... reputation was dented on 13 May 1997 when a critical inquiry into a series of prison escapes was published ... advance of the publication Howard made statements to assign blame to the prison service ... Asking whether Howard had intervened when Derek Lewis sacked a prison governor, Paxman asked "Did you threaten to overrule him?" Howard did not give a direct ...

More definitions of "prison":

  • (noun): A prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement.
    Synonyms: prison house

Famous quotes containing the word prison:

    So must pure lovers’ souls descend
    T’affections, and to faculties,
    Which sense may reach and apprehend,
    Else a great Prince in prison lies.
    John Donne (c. 1572–1631)