be put behind bars

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be put behind bars

To be arrested and held in prison; to be serving time in prison. I hear Mike's uncle has been put behind bars again. I wonder what he did this time! Sir, I'm afraid your son has been put behind bars on a charge of drunk driving.
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Despite the Government pledging to get tough on knife-wielding criminals, figures reveal that of the 5,228 caught with a knife or bladed weapon between January and March, only 327 were put behind bars for six months or longer.
Earlier this month, the Coulters, and accomplices Jason Sunderland and Wesley Porter, were put behind bars for life for the drive-by shooting of cyclist David Garrity, 32.
They were put behind bars for life and they should stay in jail for life and should not get the chance to appeal.
The tearaway trio - aged 14 and 15 - admitted burglary offences and were put behind bars.