Definition of protective custody in US English:

protective custody


  • The detention of a person for their own protection.

    ‘they were being held in protective custody during the trial’
    • ‘Beaten regularly by other inmates, he attempts suicide, then is transferred to solitary confinement for protective custody.’
    • ‘On April 1, 2001, the child was taken into protective custody.’
    • ‘If she is in danger then she and her family should be put in protective custody.’
    • ‘It is inevitable that the prisoner's assistance will require any sentence to be served in protective custody.’
    • ‘He said, ‘I can have her put into protective custody.’’
    • ‘If he is a danger to the public he should be treated like others who are not of sound mind and put in protective custody.’
    • ‘Are you willing to go into protective custody?’
    • ‘The victims held in protective custody and in concentration camps numbered in the hundreds of thousands.’
    • ‘He said he was held in protective custody to shield him from most other inmates, but he still had contact with some.’
    • ‘But it didn't take her into protective custody.’
    • ‘After the arrest, police went to the house and tried to contact the children with a loudspeaker to take them into protective custody, but the children would not co-operate and locked themselves in the rundown home, the officer said.’
    • ‘The Supreme Court of Canada agreed that a Nova Scotia family court had the jurisdiction to determine where an adult needing protective custody should receive care.’
    • ‘At this time Johnson made his first written request to be put in protective custody, which prisoners call ‘safekeeping.’’
    • ‘Police in Cincinnati have placed in protective custody two children whose mother neglected them to spend as much as 12 hours a day on the Internet.’
    • ‘These guys extend their lives by a long time by going on death row, where they are under a form of protective custody, where they are in a cell all by themselves.’
    • ‘When he recovered he was moved to a distant maximum security prison for protective custody which meant that he would be allowed out of his cell for only several hours a week.’
    • ‘But is it your contention that in effect he increased the punishment because he did not take into account the fact that you had spent the time in solitary and protective custody?’
    • ‘Another police officer told a researcher, ‘Most cops do not like to and will not take kids into protective custody.’’
    • ‘He is expected to serve his sentence in protective custody.’
    • ‘I had them placed into protective custody at the jailhouse in Hamburg.’


protective custody

/prəˈtektiv ˈkəstədē//prəˈtɛktɪv ˈkəstədi/