From jail +‎ -dom.


jaildom (uncountable)

  1. The state or condition of being jailed; imprisonment
    • 1917, Pomona College Magazine - Volumes 6-8:
      In the high society of jaildom his official standing would be several degrees below zero.
    • 1926, The Atlantic Monthly - Volume 137:
      The development of Borstal institutions means that young persons between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one seldom have to endure the taint of jaildom, and the new system of placing every possible accused adult on probation helps to reserve prisons almost entirely for habitual criminals.
    • 1930, Brinsley MacNamara, Return to Ebontheever:
      The feeling of jaildom deepened around them. Neither had ever seen the inside of a prison, but each felt that this surely was what a prison must be like.
    • 1988, Economic and Political Weekly - Volume 23:
      [...] when you cannot control your followers and do not wish to lead them, get picked up by the police, you are in jail and you are not responsible for your responsibilites of leadership because you have embraced jaildom.
    • 2005, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography:
      He clanged our way to the far end where the "better element" of jaildom, the high-swindlers and bootleggers were kept.
    • 2011, Lizz Lund, Kitchen Addiction!:
      I tucked Marie in and let Vinnie out of his kitty jaildom.
    • 2014, Shaun Attwood, Hard Time: Life with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in America's Toughest Jail:
      It'll be almost two years of jaildom soon. Unbelievable!