Dreams about jail are quite common and they carry various messages. Sometimes, the meaning behind jail dreams are clear, sometimes they are more complex. It all depends on how you interpret them.
Of course, we will offer several of the most common jail dream interpretations and help you understand the meaning of your dream.
However, the exact meaning can vary greatly, depending on your personal experience about both your real life and the dream. Speaking about dreams about jail in general, the first association is restricted freedom.
Dreams about being in jail commonly suggest a dreamer is feeling restrained, under pressure, caged, leashed or whatsoever, in his or hers waking life.
Dreams about jail are closely related to situations from waking life; the jail often reflects an uncomfortable, stressful and restraining environment, which makes a dreamer feel stressed and pressured.
Dreams about jail often represent a mirror reflection of an uncomfortable situation in life, often related to a dreamer’s family life, social life, job, marriage, relationship, friendship or so.
Such a dream means a dreamer feels as he or she is lacking their freedom, in various ways.
Sometimes, it is related to their physical freedom, sometimes the freedom of speaking out their mind or else. Many details from jail related dreams could help you better understand the true meaning.
For example, prisoners in jail related dreams, if any, commonly represent certain aspects of a dreamer’s personality. Usually, those are aspects a dreamer is, for some reason, unable to express in reality.
On the other hand, the prisoners might as well represent exactly the opposite; they could reflect parts of a dreamer’s personality he or she would like to see restricted.
Meanings behind dreams about jail are many. The more details you can recall, the better interpretation will be. It is very important to remember whether you or another person was in jail.
Have you only seen jail, without entering it, or you have been inside it? Have you been released from jail? Were you visiting someone in jail or someone has visited you? Were there other people in your dream, for example, a jail keeper, a police officer, someone you know or someone else? Were you imprisoned alone or there were many prisoners?
Dreams about seeing jail
Dreams about seeing jail are warning signs.
Such a dream means you should be careful about things related to your job or about making new business decisions, especially if you are thinking about making some risky moves.
Be very observant about everything regarding business ideas and solutions, especially if you are dealing with other people. Be cautious about making business deals and try to get well informed about your potential partners.
Dreams about being imprisoned
If you dream about being imprisoned, being in jail, it has nothing to do with criminal, but it has to do with emotional aspect of your life, related to particular aspect.
On a general plan, this dream means you feel under pressure in your waking life.
Most probably, it means your routine has become boring and it does not make you feel good about yourself anymore, even if it is something stable and generally positive. It is probably the time for making changes.
This dream could also mean you feel ‘imprisoned’ in your love life; your relationship has become stressful, rather than relaxing and enjoyable, but you are not sure how to improve the situation.
Dreams about being in jail could also mean you feel controlled, restricted and manipulated by some people in your life.
It could be your parents being overprotective, your colleagues or boss too pressing, your partner too pushing or something like that.
Either way, you feel as if someone else has control over what you decide and do, even over what you say.
Dreams about being in jail often mean you feel trapped in time; most likely is that you find it extremely hard to let go of the past or to forgive and forget something. Memories keep haunting you and keep you imprisoned in your past, so you feel as if you cannot move forward.
The dream only reflects that sort of frustration and, at the same time, serves as a channel to process such a stress, finally recover, and move on.
Dreams about being sentenced to jail
Dreams about being sentenced to jail could be even scarier than dreams in which you are already imprisoned. Such a dream means you feel extremely guilty about something you have done in reality.
It does not necessarily have to be something you have done to another person, but also something that is bad exclusively for you, but comes out of your doing.
This dream suggests you feel wrong and guilty and that you regret doing something. At the same time, the dream suggests you are at the point of no return and you have to face consequences.
Dream about finding out that you are about to be imprisoned suggest you should carefully reconsider some of your plans or decisions in your waking life.
If you act in time, you could prevent yourself from regretting something later. If you have already done something, be brave and face consequences.
Dreams about someone else is in jail
If you dream another person is in jail, it means there is an aspect of your personality or certain emotion you cannot express in reality, for any reason. Think about how the person in jail has looked like, what he or she was doing and how they behaved.
These details could help you figure out what aspects of your personality should you work on in reality.
Dreaming about your parents or siblings are imprisoned is an unpleasant experience, but it could mean different things.
This dream could mean your loved ones need your help and support ort that they are simply feeling neglected, because you do not pay any attention to them anymore. Think about when was the last time you had some time with your closest ones.
The same applies if you had a dream about your romantic partner is imprisoned.
Dreams about being released from jail
If you dream about being released from jail, it is a positive sign. This dream means you will finally get some freedom in your life, meaning you will finish a hard project you were working on; not necessarily that it would be an extreme success, but the very fact that it has ended will bring you tremendous relief.
It could also mean you will come to the end of a chapter in your life; you will end a toxic relationship, leave unpleasant and stressful environment or so.
Dreams about having been released from jail always reflect the sense of freedom, joy and relief after ending something really tough and challenging.
It could also mean you will soon be able to let go of some old, boring and restraining habits, to change your attitude towards something, to realize what your qualities truly are.
This dream is a very positive one and it should always bring you relief and content.
Dreams about a jailor
Dreams about seeing a jailor are quite disturbing and they suggest you feel threatened in reality.
However, the source of threat and your fear of possibility to be imprisoned could be many.
Just as in dreams about being sentenced, the jailor is a reminder of the punishment for something wrong you have done; at least, it is something you feel as deserving punishment for.
Dreams about a jailor suggest you are aware of your doing being risky and questionable.
This dream could be a good warning sign. Perhaps you are thinking about doing something, but you are unsure if that is the right thing to do.
It is usually a decision that involves either certain risks regarding your general well-being or even a possibility to bring harm to someone else.
You should be very careful and rethink your plans, before the true damage is made.