keeping; guardianship; care.
the keeping or charge of officers of the law: The car was held in the custody of the police.
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How to use custody in a sentence
Pauline Binam, a 30-year-old former detainee at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, had been in custody for about two years when she started having irregular menstrual bleeding.A woman in ICE detention says her fallopian tube was removed without her consent | Nicole Narea | September 17, 2020 | Vox
In the spring of 2015, the death of Freddie Gray, 25, from injuries sustained in police custody brought demonstrators into the streets of Baltimore.What Can Mayors Do When the Police Stop Doing Their Jobs? | by Alec MacGillis | September 3, 2020 | ProPublica
Hundreds of protesters gathered, but many of them were immediately taken into custody.How India became the world’s leader in internet shutdowns | Katie McLean | August 19, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
By Simonis’s own estimation, the scientist spent around eight hours in the agents’ custody.What Happened In Portland Shows Just How Fragile Our Democracy Is | Maggie Koerth (email@example.com) | August 5, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Courts have also had trouble enforcing the orders and continuing to receive information from the government about migrants in its custody, she said.Border Report: One More Way the Pandemic Is Hurting Asylum-Seekers | Maya Srikrishnan | August 3, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
If she got caught with a shank, they would up her custody level.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’ | Michael Howard | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
While Faal and Njie are in U.S. custody, the whereabouts of the other survivors is unknown.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country | Jacob Siegel | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Parents who want to transfer custody of a child to someone other than a relative must seek permission from a judge.
But until recently, there was no requirement for government agencies to report deaths in police custody.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive | Ben Jacobs | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
During two years in Iranian custody, Abdolhamid provided crucial details of how Jundullah operated.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan | Umar Farooq | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Were you ever arrested, having in your custody another man's cash, and would rather go to gaol, than break it?
The 'cage' was simply an arrangement for 'straiter custody,' though but rarely judged necessary in the case of ladies.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
But if an officer touches you and takes you into custody there is an arrest even though you run away afterward.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
And he went, and defeated the army of Demetrius: and took him, and brought him to Arsaces, and he put him into custody.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
This evening my wife gives me all my linen, which I have put up, and intend to keep it now in my own custody.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
British Dictionary definitions for custody
the act of keeping safe or guarding, esp the right of guardianship of a minor
the state of being held by the police; arrest (esp in the phrases in custody, take into custody)
- custodial (kʌˈstəʊdɪəl), adjective
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