the state of being imprisoned; "he was held in captivity until he died"; "the imprisonment of captured soldiers"; "his ignominious incarceration in the local jail"; "he practiced the immurement of his enemies in the castle dungeon"
Where a court imposes a period of time where a person is to be detained as part or the whole of a sentence in a criminal matter. Related links: Criminal Convictions Drink Driving Sentencing Options Traffic Offences (incl. minor traffic) Warrants
Added - 09 Thu March 2006 Imprisonment is the most severe penalty ordinarily available to the courts. The length of a term of imprisonment is determined either by statute or a judge or magistrate in a common law case.