Recently I felt nostalgic and decided to watch some old TV shows. While going through Netflix recommendations, my eyes settled on one of the biggest TV shows of the 2000s – Prison Break.
For those who are not familiar with the show – its name is pretty explanatory. Two brothers try to escape the prison and embark on an adventure that will change many lives.
This show was extremely popular, like many other prison-themed TV shows. It seems that many people are interested in prison life, ending up in jail, and similar topics.
This subject is so fascinating that many people have dreams in which they dream about going to jail. Similar to other common dreams, this dream is a reflection of our thoughts, feelings, and fears.
If you are one of those people who dream about going to jail, you probably wonder why, so keep reading to learn more about this type of dream!
What Does It Mean To Dream About Going To Jail?
1. The Loss Of Freedom
The most obvious interpretation of dreams of being in jail is losing your freedom. It doesn’t have to be literally, it can be more subtle. Maybe you feel stuck in an unhappy relationship, maybe your job is making you miserable, but you can’t quit… In short, there are many ways in which you can feel trapped.
In a broader sense, jail dreams represent any situation or person that’s hindering your growth and preventing you from reaching your full potential. They can also symbolize your own weaknesses that block you from excelling in your personal and professional life.
You need to free your mind and stop limiting yourself. Also, you might be limiting others. Maybe you are the one who is holding back people around you.
Additionally, limited freedom can refer to the freedom of expression. Perhaps, you aren’t allowed to say and show how you feel and what you think. Or maybe that restriction is coming from the outside, but maybe you are restricting yourself.
Jails and prisons are notorious for separating prisoners from their families, friends, and loved ones. So, if you dream about being in jail or prison, you might feel isolated from other people. You may feel lonely or that you can’t connect to people surrounding you.
You need to look deep into your soul or into your subconscious mind and figure out what exactly is preventing you from reaching out to other people and establishing meaningful connections.
Dreaming about ending up in jail may be a consequence of feelings of guilt over something. Maybe you did something wrong, you hurt someone, or you failed to fulfill your promises.
This dream can also serve as a warning sign to prevent you from making a mistake and/or getting into trouble. Maybe you plan to do something that’s morally wrong, or that won’t be good for you.
It can also be a warning against engaging in risky activities. So, if you plan to bungee-jump or swim with sharks in the near future, you should reconsider that!
4. Commitment Issues
Are you scared of committing to someone or something for a long time? If you are soon to get engaged/married or you plan to buy a house, move to another country, etc., having dreams of jail might be a sign that you feel like you will lose your freedom after making these decisions.
You need to distinguish whether your fear of commitment is irrational and you just need to go through with whatever your plan is, or this fear is actually rooted in some real reasons and you should think twice before you commit.
Different Jail Scenarios And Their Meaning
The exact jail dream meaning will depend on various dream scenarios.
1. Escaping The Jail
If you dream about escaping jail, the interpretation of this dream is quite obvious. You are actually escaping a difficult situation in your life whether it was a financial struggle, health problem, or an abusive spouse.
In this context, dreaming about jail is not a bad dream, it is just a representation of how your subconsciousness sees your newly gained freedom.
2. Serving Your Sentence
Dreaming about fully serving your sentence symbolizes patience. Good things come to those who wait, and you surely waited long enough. Your patience will pay off and you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your hard work.
3. Visiting Someone In Jail
If you dream about visiting someone in jail instead of being the one who’s jailed, this dream symbolizes the relationship between you and that person. Maybe you had a quarrel, and now you are trying to reconcile.
That person might have done something that hurt you and you are contemplating whether you are ready to forgive them or not. This dream can also represent your support for a close person that is struggling with some issues.
4. Dreaming About Being In Your Jail Cell
The jail cell in your dream symbolizes everything that is keeping you back from reaching your potential, preventing you from expressing yourself, and overall restricting your freedom.
This jail cell can also represent a person from your waking life that’s holding you back and being somehow in control over your actions.
5. Jail Food
If you dreamed about eating food while in jail or prison, this symbolizes financial struggles in your real life. You will need to reduce your expenses just to get by, and the situation is causing you anxiety. You feel trapped in the situation and without control over your life.
6. Prison Guards
Prison guards in your dreams represent feelings of responsibility and guilt. You know that there is no escape from your current circumstances. Also, a prison guard might symbolize someone who is trying to harm you.
If you are dreaming about being a prison guard that’s keeping an eye on a criminal, the prisoner might symbolize parts of you that you want to put under control and in a confinement.
This could be some of your bad habits, a long-kept secret, or any negative emotions that you don’t want to show openly.
The meaning of jail dreams can also vary depending on the dreamer.
1. Young Woman
When a young woman dreams about going to jail, the dream symbolizes the upcoming engagement and marriage.
2. Young Man
If the dreamer is a young man, the dream can have a similar meaning as with the young woman, but it can also represent the fear of losing freedom.
A woman dreaming about being in jail often symbolizes her guilt over how she treats people around her, especially her family members.
When a man dreams about imprisonment in jail, it is a representation of his work-related stress. Maybe he feels dominated by his boss or colleagues, or he feels under pressure to succeed and fears failure.
5. Married People
Dreaming about being in jail while being married in your real life is usually a bad sign, especially if you dream about escaping jail. In this context, the dream might symbolize the desire for divorcing and regaining freedom.
Seeing Someone Else In The Jail
If in your dream someone you know is being imprisoned, it can symbolize several things. The most obvious interpretation is that the person in the dream is going through certain troubles and you want to help them.
Another interpretation is that something bad happened between you two, and you are still bitter about it. Your dream expresses your desire for that person to be punished for their wrongdoings.
Maybe that person also feels guilty towards you and tries to hide it, but your intuition caught it. However, the exact interpretation depends on who you dream of being in jail.
Dreaming about your parents ending up in jail represents the upcoming bad events that could seriously affect your family. Be prepared to stay calm whatever happens.
If your spouse is the one in jail, you are probably harboring some resentment towards them. Maybe you don’t feel appreciated enough, or you feel that they are not helping around. Try to discuss openly what’s bothering you in order to save your marriage.
3. Boyfriend Or A Girlfriend
A dream of your boyfriend/girlfriend ending up in jail symbolizes your lack of trust. Maybe you suspect them of being unfaithful or keeping some secrets from you. On the other hand, this dream might represent your desire to marry them and tie them to yourself for life.
4. Your Children
Dreams that involve your children being in jail represent your worries about their well-being. You fear they will make a mistake that will ruin their future. That’s why you want to have more control over their lives, to make sure they don’t make some bad decisions.
5. Other Family Members
If you are dreaming about one of your family members being in jail, you probably feel distant and emotionally detached from them. Maybe it is because of your busy schedules and the long distance between you two, but it could also be because of some past disagreements. Either way, this could be a sign that you need to get close to them again.
Overall, jail dreams symbolize restrictive situations and the feelings of powerlessness that come with them. The loss of freedom is the most powerful symbol behind this dream. However, although most jail dreams are nightmares, they can be a warning sign that you need to change your perspective and find a way out of situations that make you feel trapped.
Do you ever dream about going to jail? Is it scary? Share in the comments!