prison time

noun

: the time someone spends in prison

Examples of prison time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While a guilty verdict would give Trump another historic moniker as the first former president convicted of a crime, potentially complicating his campaign to return to the White House, there’s no guarantee of prison time. Eric Tucker, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2024 Terry Martin, the thief who stole a pair of ruby slippers that Dorothy wore in The Wizard of Oz from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005, received no prison time at a sentencing hearing this week. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2024 Burke, a Poplar native who enjoyed success at the University of Wisconsin and went on to a short career in the NFL, could face significant prison time if found guilty. Tom Olsen, Twin Cities, 14 Jan. 2024 His family said no prison time was appropriate and protested the detention in Los Angeles. CBS News, 12 Jan. 2024 The racial disparities in prosecutions carried over to sentences for jail and prison time. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2023 As a result, he will be committed to a state psychiatric hospital instead of facing prison time. ProPublica, 31 Jan. 2024 The man who pleaded guilty to stealing the ruby slippers Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz will not face any prison time. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 29 Jan. 2024 Dave Halls, the movie’s first assistant director, who was in charge of safety on set, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in the case, avoiding prison time. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024 See More

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“Prison time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prison%20time. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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