holding cell

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Noun1.holding cell - a jail in a courthouse where accused persons can be confined during a trialholding cell - a jail in a courthouse where accused persons can be confined during a trial
gaol, jail, jailhouse, pokey, poky, slammer, clink - a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
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Castro captured surreptitious photos and video showing women in sleeping bags sitting on the floor of a crowded, austere holding cell. Rep.
They said court custody unit staff had instead urged prisoners to ask to be taken from the holding cell to a separate toilet cubicle.
The man, who was accused of domestic violence, died in a police holding cell in Karagita, Naivasha.
"Egidio Batista died from an injury he sustained while in a holding cell at the Ash Street Jail in New Bedford.
Aukasa had just been processed for detention and was being escorted to the holding cell when he grabbed the firearm of Police Officer 3 Rommel dela Cruz and shot him on the left arm before fleeing.
Roberta had made an eight-hour round trip before being able to see her daughter back in the police holding cell.
The former officer, who is said so far to have not given adequate explanations for the evidence found, spent the night in a holding cell and is expected to be brought before court by midday Thursday.
After officers placed Flores in a holding cell at police headquarters on Country Club Road, he flushed a whole roll of toilet paper down a toilet repeatedly, causing flooding in the cell and an adjacent hallway, police said.
Dad-of-five Sean Browne was caged alongside sick killer Graham Dwyer in the Midlands Prison, forced to strip and left alone in a holding cell for hours at a time.
Richard Glossip told reporters he was standing in a holding cell a few feet from the Oklahoma state death chamber when he received the news minutes before the scheduled injection.
was only given food and water after 14 hours; was locked up with many other inmates in an unhygienic, dirty, stinking holding cell with only one open toilet that did not work, but in which inmates relieved themselves in full view of others; had to sleep on a cold cement floor without a mattress and only one filthy smelly blanket.' (38)
That's where former prisoner Giorgos Aslanis spent about three months in a roughly 40 square-meter (400 square feet) police holding cell in the northern town of Serres.