de·​tain·​er | \di-ˈtā-nər \

Definition of detainer 

1 : the act of keeping something in one's possession specifically : the withholding from the rightful owner of something that has lawfully come into the possession of the holder

2 : detention in custody

3 : a writ authorizing the keeper of a prison to continue to hold a person in custody

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keep him in detainer for at least 72 hours she filed an action for unlawful detainer of land after nonpayment of rent

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However, due to a detainer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), local law enforcement surrendered him to federal officials on June 6. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Illegal immigrant accused of raping, impregnating non-verbal 13-year-old girl," 25 June 2018 At the time of his arrest last week, the teen was wanted on a simple burglary warrant and a detainer previously issued by a juvenile judge for removing his electronic ankle monitor, according to records read in court. Heather Nolan,, "13-year-old accused of trying to carjack state trooper has bond set at $120K," 10 Apr. 2018 The city has asked ICE to get a judicial order to enforce such detainers, a step in the process the Trump administration refuses to follow. Chris Brennan,, "Did Philly police just bike-doze Mayor Kenney's relationship with progressives?," 5 July 2018 An immigration detainer, according to WTVD, was issued for Pineda and immigration officials with ICE were trying to determine Arreola's current immigration status. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Truck's fuel tank hid $90M worth of liquid meth; 2 men arrested," 20 May 2018 The jail received 105 detainers from ICE between November 2014 and October 2017, according to Willamette Week. Everton Bailey Jr.,, "NORCOR changed ICE detainer policy after man sued for being held, turned over to agents," 7 May 2018 An unlawful detainer action is for a matter of there being no rental agreement, there’s no rent to be paid. Bill Zimmerman,, "How you can handle a family member who won't move out," 25 May 2018 Under the policy, the county jails would hold people found to be in the country illegally an additional 48 hours as part of an ICE ''detainer,'' even if there was no other reason for their continued incarceration. Victor Ren, azcentral, "Activists use 'open mic' to send message to Sheriff's Office," 6 Apr. 2018 Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed a detainer on him a week ago. Fox News, "Priebus on House Intel probe, free trade, Pennsylvania race," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of detainer

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for detainer

Anglo-French detenour, alteration of detenir

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de·​tain·​er | \di-ˈtā-nər \

Legal Definition of detainer 

1 : the act of keeping something in one's possession specifically : unlawful detainer

2 : detention in custody

3 : a notification sent by a prosecutor, judge, or other official advising a prison official that a prisoner is wanted to answer criminal charges and requesting continued detention of the prisoner or notification of the prisoner's impending release — compare extradition

History and Etymology for detainer

Anglo-French detenoure, from detenir to restrain, detain, from Old French, from Latin detinere

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