jail·house | \ˈjāl-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of jailhouse 

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Examples of jailhouse in a Sentence

received a tip from an informant inside the county jailhouse

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Late last month, Turkish politician and former lawmaker Eren Erdem was arrested on charges of being a Gulen sympathizer, and sent to Silivri, a maximum-security jailhouse in Istanbul. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkey Dismisses Over 18,000 Civil Servants for Alleged Terror Links," 8 July 2018 Two months later, his next execution date was called off in light of claims of false testimony from a jailhouse snitch. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "‘My life still has value’: San Antonio death row inmate begs for clemency 2 weeks before execution," 1 May 2018 But the more sordid details of Hamilton’s death came out when Jenkins gave a jailhouse interview Wednesday. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Ex-con was on cocaine, PCP when ‘voices’ told him to kill his 79-year-old mom, Texas cops say," 12 July 2018 Both convictions were overturned in 2010 after it was revealed that a notoriously unreliable jailhouse informant had lied on the stand. James Queally, latimes.com, "His convictions were overturned; he's in failing health. Will Bobby Joe Maxwell gain freedom in '70s serial killer case?," 23 Apr. 2018 Within jailhouse walls, inmates listened attentively Tuesday as the six candidates vying for Suffolk County district attorney debated issues and campaigned for their vote. Maria Cramer, BostonGlobe.com, "At unusual forum, candidates for DA seek support of inmates," 26 June 2018 In a dramatic jailhouse video, Josh Holt, the former Mormon missionary from Utah who has been detained in Venezuela since 2016, called on his countrymen to help him and said that his life was in danger. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "U.S. man in Venezuela jail pleads for help in video, saying his life is at risk | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018 The notoriously unreliable jailhouse informant wanted a deal. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Brutal throat slashing of Utah mom takes investigation on an unexpected path," 5 May 2018 One of the witnesses the prosecution called at the first trial, a jailhouse informant named John Avitto, was discredited by the appeals court, Mr. Bederow noted. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "Prosecutors Prepare to Retry the 2003 Killing of a College Student," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of jailhouse

1812, in the meaning defined above

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jail·house | \ˈjāl-ˌhau̇s \

Legal Definition of jailhouse 

: jail

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