Just looking for a word that defines being jailed for something that you didn't do, or that someone framed you for.


1 Answer 1


Being detained wrongfully is "false imprisonment". Not sure if that meets your requirement of having to be framed.

  • False imprisonment could also be when others restrain someone's movement, according to Cornell Law: "False imprisonment is an act punishable under criminal law as well as under tort law. Under tort law, it is classified as an intentional tort. A a person commits false imprisonment when he commits an act of restraint on another person which confines that person in a bounded area. "link. Also, being jailed implies that there has been some sort of trial (in most countries) (in which case I don't think there would be a false imprisonment)
    – JJJ
    Mar 19, 2018 at 12:57
  • @JJJ Yeah, I know it's a very broad term and probably not what the questioner needed. In my state it is/was the crime of kidnapping also.
    – Zebrafish
    Mar 19, 2018 at 13:01

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.