Judas window

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Judas window (plural Judas windows)

  1. A window enabling a prison guard to see into a cell without being seen by the prisoner.
    • 1989, James P. Sterba, Creighton Peden, Freedom, equality, and social change (page 314)
      A prisoner may be confined nude in a cell with a Judas window and intruded upon periodically while there. Strip searches are used arbitrarily, either in response to minor offenses or simply to intimidate.