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dɪˈteɪ nərde·tain·er

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  1. detainernoun

    The right to keep a person, or a person's goods or property, against his will. A type of custody.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Detainernoun

    He that holds back any one’s right; he that detains any thing.

    Etymology: from detain.

    By proportion to these rules, we may judge of the obligation that lies upon all sorts of injurious persons; the sacrilegious, the detainers of tithes, and cheaters of mens inheritances. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detainernoun

    one who detains

  2. Detainernoun

    the keeping possession of what belongs to another; detention of what is another's, even though the original taking may have been lawful. Forcible detainer is indictable at common law

  3. Detainernoun

    a writ authorizing the keeper of a prison to continue to keep a person in custody


  1. Detainer

    Detainer; in law, the act of keeping a person against his will, or the wrongful keeping of a person's goods, or other real or personal property. A writ of detainer was a form for the beginning of a personal action against a person already lodged within the walls of a prison; it was superseded by the Judgment Act 1838. A detainer in the context of criminal law is a request filed by a criminal justice agency with the institution in which a prisoner is incarcerated, asking the institution either to hold the prisoner for the agency or to notify the agency when release of the prisoner is imminent. The Supreme Court of the United States has held that the Interstate Agreement on Detainers Act allows for a trial of any untried indictment, information, or complaint within 180 days. However, the prisoner needs to enter a request for final disposition to begin the clock. The U.S. Marshals are given the power to issue writs of detainers in 28 U.S.C. 566, which is how the federal government interacts with the states to retrieve someone in state prison. In Carchman v. Nash, the Supreme Court held that a probation revocation is not an "untried indictment, information or complaint" and therefore is not controlled by the Interstate Agreement on Detainer Act's 180 day provision. It also made it clear that a case that where a sentence has already been imposed against the prisoner is not under the 180 day restriction. Unfortunately, this often creates loopholes, where a proceeding still needs to go on in the case with the detainer, but the defendant has already pled guilty, and is not eligible to receive a final disposition in the case until his original period of incarceration is over. This creates a situation that is the opposite of what the Interstate Agreement was intended to do:

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detainer in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of detainer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of detainer in a Sentence

  1. Greg Abbott:

    I was proud last night to sign this law ... What it means is that no county, no city, no governmental body in the state of Texas can adopt any policy that provides sanctuary, and second, what it means, is that law enforcement officials, such as sheriffs, are going to be required to comply with ICE detainer requests.

  2. Michael Dolan:

    The department of corrections will do a warrant check, a detainer check, we presume that that was done back in 2006.

  3. Jessica Vaughan:

    The local detectives asked ICE five times for a detainer on Eswin Mejia, but ICE said that he was not a priority for enforcement because he had not been convicted of a serious crime, he was released on bail and disappeared, and is now on ICE’s most wanted list. It was a major scandal for ICE.

  4. Jennifer Cervantes:

    Right now, we’re kind of going back and forth between CBP – I’m asking CBP to release their detainer and actually issue him an OAR parole (an immigration status for Afghan migrants), which is what the United States issues to most Afghans that they brought in because I think that’s the right thing to do in this case, however, if they don’t do that, he’ll be transferred to ICE custody, and we’ll be trying to get him released from ICE.

  5. Thomas Decker:

    Our nation has a proud history of immigration, but we are also a nation governed by laws specifically designed to protect its citizens and residents. ERO deportation officers are committed to enforcing the immigration laws set forth by our legislators, of those arrested during this operation, nine were released from New York custody with an active detainer, which poses an increased risk to the officers and the community.

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