Latin Legal Terms

Claustrum

Claustrum - In the sphere of Criminal Law in most jurisdictions this Latin word means prison, jail where sentenced criminals were kept restricted as a punishment of their crime. The jail is a facility with many restrictions (depending of the concrete legal system), maintained by the government. The people who took their time there are called “prisoners” and they have to stay there for the period of their jail sentence, locked in cells with basic personality. The role of the jail is to keep the criminal off the public so they don’t perform another crime, on one hand, and on another, via the period of their sentence, while they are locked in prison, to discipline themselves and to learn not to perform crimes again. A similar term is “carcer”, which means “jail, prison”.

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