dixiecupdrinking wrote:Teoeo wrote:Spending a couple of days in jail is not being imprisoned. It just isn't.
You guys keep saying this but I just don't see how it's self-evident. "Imprisoned" just means "held captive." If you're being held by the state against your will, that could reasonably be considered "imprisonment." It doesn't ask whether you were sentenced to imprisonment. I agree that is probably the information it intends to elicit, but it isn't what it says.
Except that technically/as a term of art "imprisoned" means "after conviction." If you haven't been convicted yet you're not imprisoned, you're "detained." (Detention is to make sure you show up for court hearings/trial and/or don't pose a risk to the community; imprisonment is punishment/penalty.) Similarly "jail" is where you go before you're convicted, "prison" is where you go after you're convicted (that's like a super technical distinction because they can be the exact same space, but they also don't have to be).
To be fair I'm not saying I know what the form is asking for, but the above is why people are saying "imprisoned" doesn't encompass sitting in jail for a couple of days after being arrested. (Also, the person from the background check company who said arrests that are dropped need to be disclosed - that's confusing because it sounds like the answer to a totally different question.)