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

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received a tip from an informant inside the county jailhouse
Recent Examples on the Web His jailhouse interviews and abolitionist missives, published in papers ranging from The Richmond Dispatch to the New-York Daily Tribune, galvanized admiration for Brown and amplified Northern horror over the evils of slavery. William Nash, Smithsonian Magazine, "‘The Good Lord Bird’ Paints a Different Portrait of Abolitionist John Brown," 5 Oct. 2020 Ferrer Sanchez also mentions this same kidnapping in his jailhouse letters to the federal judge who sentenced him. Mario Ariza, sun-sentinel.com, "The El Jabao syndicate: A timeline of crimes," 3 Oct. 2020 The Courier Journal also reviewed transcripts of jailhouse calls Glover and other defendants made from Metro Corrections. Andrew Wolfson, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Viral meme listing Breonna Taylor 'truths' includes misinformation," 26 Sep. 2020 The jailhouse phone calls that connect Taylor to her ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, who is Taylor's connection to the larger narcotics investigation that led police to her door. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "'The Killing of Breonna Taylor': New FX, Hulu documentary explores her life and legacy," 5 Sep. 2020 The jury convicted DuBoise based on evidence from a jailhouse informant and unreliable data from a bite mark analysis. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "DNA evidence clears Florida man of rape and murder conviction after 37 years in prison," 14 Sep. 2020 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

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First Known Use of jailhouse

1812, in the meaning defined above

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11 Oct 2020

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“Jailhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jailhouse. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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