in custody

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in (someone's or something's) custody

Detained by someone or something; in legal custody of someone or something. Of course I'm panicking, I just got a phone call that said my son is in police custody! Mr. Foster, you have been found guilty by a unanimous jury. I place you in the state's custody to await sentencing.
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in custody (of someone or something)

 and in someone's or something's custody
being kept guarded by legal authorities. The suspect was in the sheriff's custody awaiting a trial. The prisoner is in the custody of the state. The police have two suspects in custody.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A LAWYER in whom an instinct of justice had survived the wreck of his ignorance of law was retained for the defence of a burglar whom the police had taken after a desperate struggle with someone not in custody. In consultation with his client the Lawyer asked, "Have you accomplices?"
That, the man sitting as President had then informed Doctor Manette that the prisoner must remain in custody, but should, for his sake, be held inviolate in safe custody.
All the time they were playing the Queen never left off quarrelling with the other players, and shouting `Off with his head!' or `Off with her head!' Those whom she sentenced were taken into custody by the soldiers, who of course had to leave off being arches to do this, so that by the end of half an hour or so there were no arches left, and all the players, except the King, the Queen, and Alice, were in custody and under sentence of execution.
Maley was also convicted of assaulting a police officer by attempting to strike the constable with a knife and a further offence of public disorder where he behaved in an threatening and abusive manner while in custody at Govan Police Station where he shouted, swore and uttered threats of violence towards police.
He remained in custody at the Lake County jail Tuesday on $10,000 bail.
Burns made no plea and was remanded in custody for further examination.
Samuel Crawford was sentenced to four years, with two in custody, at Belfast Crown Court for a total of 15 offences including burglary and going equipped.
The news pages and TV screens regularly feature accounts of those in custody relating nightmarish run-ins with the law, where police officers have tortured them psychologically or physically.
They remain in custody for questioning and enquiries are ongoing.
After a hearing on Wednesday, the man was remanded in custody for eight days.
The latest case was last month where a despatch clerk G Ganeshwaran died in custody at the Shah Alam police lock-up.
The 23-year-old was remanded in custody until his case at Leeds Crown Court on September 18.
He has been remanded in custody to appear at South Sefton magistrates' court today.
He was released part way through his sentence but after being charged with his latest offences, he was remanded in custody and recalled to prison to serve 28 days for breaching his licence conditions.