jail·​house | \ ˈjāl-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce jailhouse (audio) \

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Examples of jailhouse in a Sentence

received a tip from an informant inside the county jailhouse
Recent Examples on the Web The jailhouse informant's testimony also has subsequently been discredited. Curt Anderson, Star Tribune, "Jailed for 37 years, Florida man cleared of murder, rape," 14 Sep. 2020 Their jailhouse mentor is among those scheduled to testify. Star Tribune, "French paper attacked in 2015 reprints Muhammad caricatures," 1 Sep. 2020 The undated Louisville police report leaked to The Courier Journal references a Jan. 3 jailhouse call in which Glover mentioned wanting to rest in Taylor's bed. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Exclusive: Breonna Taylor had nothing to do with illegal drug trade, ex-boyfriend says," 28 Aug. 2020 At the time, testimony relied heavily from a doctor linking DuBoise to what was thought to be a bite mark found on Grams’ body, as well as testimony from a jailhouse informant. Elaine Aradillas, PEOPLE.com, "Man Wrongfully Convicted in 1985 Murder of Fla. Teen Is Exonerated by DNA: State Attorney," 27 Aug. 2020 The case against DuBoise hinged on two things: bitemark evidence, now widely discredited as a scientific means of identification, and testimony from a jailhouse informant, also believed to be frequently misused by police and prosecutors. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "Prosecutors move to release Florida man they say wrongly served 37 years for murder," 26 Aug. 2020 Prosecutors pointed out to the judge that French seemed to enjoy the notoriety, playing a jailhouse call with his brother in the courtroom Tuesday. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah man gets life in prison for killing 15-year-old girl," 25 Aug. 2020 Lawyers for the former Green Berets, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, said they were barred from the secretive jailhouse proceedings Friday night in a violation of their constitutional rights to a defense. Fox News, "American ex-Green Berets jailed over failed Venezuela attack," 10 Aug. 2020 The unlikeliest people talked to him: jailhouse informants, perjured or frightened witnesses and their families, friends of the actual perpetrators, detectives with doubts, immigration officials. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, Washington Post, "Taking on the hardest cases — without DNA — and setting the innocent free," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of jailhouse

1812, in the meaning defined above

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“Jailhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jailhouse. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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