padded cell


: a room in a mental hospital that has soft walls so that patients cannot hurt themselves

Examples of padded cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other allegations include a suicidal child held in a padded cell without a toilet for weeks. USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024 Following an attempt at self-harm, she was moved to a padded cell that lacked a bed or working toilet, and urine and feces flooded the sleeping area. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 18 Jan. 2024 An Indiana man with untreated schizophrenia died from multiple organ failure after refusing to eat during a 20-day stint of solitary confinement where he was left naked in a padded cell, a lawsuit alleges. Brandon Livesay, Peoplemag, 13 Apr. 2023 Set designer Rachel Hauck has crafted a space that includes a dressing room with midcentury modern furniture and a soundstage that feels eerily like a padded cell. Christian Lewis, Variety, 25 Apr. 2023 He was taken to at Jackson County Jail and placed in a padded cell on July 20, 2021. Brandon Livesay, Peoplemag, 13 Apr. 2023 McLemore was also never photographed, fingerprinted or asked any medical questions for new arrivals; instead, he was taken directly to a padded cell. Tami Abdollah, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2023 His brother says he was stripped and put in an anti-suicide smock in a padded cell. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Feb. 2023

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“Padded cell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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