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protective custody

noun
1.
detention of a person by the police solely as protection against a possible attack or reprisal by someone.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40
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Examples from the web for protective custody
  • But the principle was there, of putting natural food into temporary protective custody for retail sale.
  • Unfortunately he is in protective custody inside the jail.
  • The six year old has been placed into protective custody.
  • Upon request from any party, the court shall hold a protective custody hearing.
  • The facility primarily houses medium custody offenders but also houses offenders needing protective custody.

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