Definition of TURNKEY.


TURNKEY.

A person under the superintendence of a jailor, whose
employment is to open and fasten the prison doors and to prevent the prisoners
from escaping.


2. It is his duty to use due diligence, and he may be punished for gross
neglect or wilful misconduct in permitting prisoners to escape.




Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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