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pro·tec·tive cus·tody

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  1. Protective custody

    Protective custody is a type of imprisonment to protect a person from harm, either from outside sources or other prisoners. Many administrators believe the level of violence, or the underlying threat of violence within prisons, is a chief factor causing the need for PC units. This factor was cited by Anderson and Vantour, with the following broad elements noted as contributing to the problem. Prisoners have the opportunity to request protective custody if they get the impression that the environment they are living in is harmful to their well being. Their request may be granted if the officials rule that the prisoner is truly at risk. Protective custody might simply involve putting the person in a secure prison, but usually protective custody involves some degree of solitary confinement. For people who are threatened because of their association with a certain group, moving them to another section of the prison may be sufficient.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of protective custody in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of protective custody in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of protective custody in a Sentence

  1. Benny Boscio:

    Earlier today, while working in the protective custody unit at the Anna M. Kross Center, one of our Correction Officers was brutally stabbed in the back of his head approximately 15 times by an inmate, the Executive Board and I are with the officer at the hospital, who is conscious and undergoing tests. I want to thank Mayor Adams and Commissioner Molina for also visiting the officer tonight. This heinous attack demonstrates exactly why the Public Advocate and City Council must immediately pull the Bill to end punitive segregation before one of us gets killed.

  2. Brian Kennedy:

    My client was threatened when he was when he was in protective custody, which was not very protective, he was again physically threatened, and he thought he was unsafe there.

  3. Mary Jane Veloso:

    There's still no case against her, she is under police protective custody.


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