sally port


Definition of sally port

1 : a gate or passage in a fortified place for use by troops making a sortie
2 : a secure entryway (as at a prison) that consists of a series of doors or gates

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Herrin ran through an exit door, down a flight of stairs and exited the hospital on the sally port, on the north side of Harborview along Jefferson Street. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Escape attempt leads to elevated security status for Kent murder suspect," 12 July 2018 The sheriff's office released video Tuesday morning of the sally port, which is a garage between the outdoors and the jail, showing Maldonado fleeing. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Police release video of Porter County jail escape as search continues," 27 Mar. 2018 Some of the recommendations for the police department, including the addition of a sally port and improvements to male and female locker rooms, had been made to the city more than a decade ago by architects. Jennifer Johnson,, "Park Ridge City Council approves work to create new detective offices in City Hall," 8 May 2018 Area law enforcement agencies are assisting with the search for a man who escaped from the Porter County Jail's sally port late Monday morning. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Man escapes from Porter County Jail, authorities say," 26 Mar. 2018 A few months later, with cameras in tow, Bruce was guided into a footman’s vestibule at Windsor, down through a trap door hidden under rugs in front of the fireplace and into an ancient sally port, basically a secret escape route from the castle. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "As the Nazis bombed Britain, the royals hid the crown jewels in the least likely place," 13 Jan. 2018 Animal Problem, Bainbridge Road: A black dog ran into the police station's sally port 2:46 p.m. Jan. 14. Joan Rusek,, "More counterfeit bills are used at Market Place stores," 20 Jan. 2018 The truck, with Mercado somehow hanging on, then approached the first of two gates at a sally port. Dave Altimari,, "Anatomy Of A Prison Break," 14 Jan. 2018 Video recorded by a camera inside the sally port area of the Branch County Jail shows Tiffany McNeil being slammed to the ground, according to her attorney. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Injured woman accuses Coldwater police of 'disgusting, thug-like conduct' in jail incident," 12 Dec. 2017

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1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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