Definition of incarceration
: confinement in a jail or prison : the act of imprisoning someone or the state of being imprisoned Despite the drop in crime in past decades, rates of arrest and incarceration in New York City have not gone down.— Robin Steinberg To this day, the Supreme Court has not overruled its infamous Korematsu opinion of 1944, which validated our mass incarceration in deference to national security.— George Takei
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