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What is a basic definition of jail?
A jail is a building that houses prisoners and people accused of crimes, especially minor crimes. Jail also means to imprison for committing a crime or to lawfully detain a person.
A jail is a building where criminals or people accused of crimes are housed. Jails are usually small buildings that keep prisoners only until they go to trial or for criminals with short punishments. Typically, a prisoner only spends around 90 days in a jail. A person accused of a more serious crime may be kept in a jail until their trial or until they are transferred to a larger facility. The phrase “in jail” often means a person is spending time in a jail. A person who manages a jail or puts a person in a jail is called a jailer.
- Real-life examples: In the United States, jails are usually managed at the local level, such as by a town or county. A person who commits a minor offense such as being drunk in public or trespassing may be sentenced to spend time in a county jail.
- Used in a sentence: After a wild night, the partygoers woke up the next morning in the city jail.
As a verb, jail means to imprison a person for a crime as allowed under the law. This sense specifically refers to legal imprisonment, usually by police officers, rather than by kidnapping or abduction.
- Real-life examples: If a person is arrested by police, they are usually jailed until they are taken to trial. Depending on the judge’s ruling, they may be jailed again as punishment for a crime.
- Used in a sentence: The police quickly jailed the men who were caught trying to steal a car.
Jail can easily be confused for prison, and the two are often used interchangeably when referring to lawful imprisonment in general.
In the United States, a prison is managed by a state or the federal government and typically holds prisoners convicted of serious crimes who have very long sentences. Prisons are larger, usually better funded, and have much tighter security than jails. Prison can also be used more generally to refer to any place a person is confined, like a basement or in your own head. Jail is specifically a place for prisoners or people accused of crimes.
Gaol is a variant spelling of jail used mostly in British English.
Where does jail come from?
The first records of jail come from the 1200s. It ultimately comes from the Vulgar Latin caveola, from the Latin cavea, meaning “cage” or “enclosure.”
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What are some other forms related to jail?
- gaol (alternative spelling)
- jailable (adjective)
- jailless (adjective)
- jaillike (adjective)
- nonjailable (adjective)
What are some synonyms for jail?
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What are some words jail may be commonly confused with?
How is jail used in real life?
Jail commonly refers to a place that police keep prisoners or people awaiting trial.
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Another was accused in a lawsuit of threatening to jail women if they didn’t have sex with him.Sacramento Report: Jones, COVID-19 and the Irony of Remote Voting|Sara Libby and Jesse Marx|August 28, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Maybe only a federal effort to establish standards and regulate compliance to them would be necessary before we no longer have a Robert Williams, a member of any minority group, or any citizen unjustly experience a night in jail or worse.The Bias in the Machine - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Sidney Perkowitz|August 19, 2020|Nautilus
DHS agents in Portland have tear-gassed protesters and pulled individuals into unmarked vans, and some of those people were banned from attending any more protests as a condition of being released from jail.What Happened In Portland Shows Just How Fragile Our Democracy Is|Maggie Koerth (email@example.com)|August 5, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Anyone who violated the law would be subject to a fine of $100-$500 – the equivalent of $1,700-$8,500 today – or a jail term of up to 150 days.‘Keep Your Mouth Shut’: Why San Diego Banned ‘Seditious’ Talk in 1918|Randy Dotinga|August 4, 2020|Voice of San Diego
The officers then proceeded to grab his groceries, dump them to the ground, put him in handcuffs and take him to jail, where he’d spend the night for the crime of occupying multiple seats on a transit facility.The Next Major Reform Prosecutor Could Well Be a ‘Survivor’|Joshua Eferighe|August 4, 2020|Ozy
As this list shows, punishments typically run to a short-ish jail sentence and/or a moderately hefty fine.In Defense of Blasphemy|Michael Tomasky|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Violators face up to nine months in jail or as much as $10,000 in fines.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking|Tina Traster|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are millions of stories that end with black boys in jail cells.Bobby Shmurda and Rap’s Ultimate Hoop Dream|Rawiya Kameir|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Brinsley got out of jail last July, and was desperate and aimless.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some of them, including Kurnosova, escaped the country as they faced a possible jail term for their opposition activity.Russians Plot Exiled Government in Kiev|Anna Nemtsova|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why have I never heard until the day before yesterday of your suffering yourself to be cooped up in jail?The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
They say that if he gets a judgment against you, Elder, he will put you in jail, and all that; but of course that couldn't be.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
Casey was arrested and conveyed to jail under great popular excitement.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
For these people, under the older dispensation, there was nothing but the poorhouse, the jail or starvation by the roadside.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
On the Mabolo road there is a Leper Hospital, and the ruins of a partly well-built jail which was never completed.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman