The Bikini Bottom Jail, also known as the Bikini Bottom Prison, is a governmental institution in Bikini Bottom as seen occasionally in the series. It was first seen in the episode "Hall Monitor."



The building is two stories high, with an over-sized ball-and-chain attached to it. The prison features a rock crushing yard, cafeteria, and the jail cells. The inmates do many activities, such as crushing rocks, lifting weights, and making wire coat hangers and license plates. There have been many instances that involved some main characters going to jail.



  • A large pile of rocks Mrs. Puff was seen smashing during the episode "Doing Time."
  • A giant "cannonball" weight attached to the main building.
  • A robot computer SpongeBob used in Battle for Bikini Bottom.
  • A seemingly bottomless extra security cell Plankton was seen in "Krabby Road."
  • A solitary confinement room supposedly made of sponge. (This may not be entirely accurate as Mrs. Puff was delusional at the time.)
  • A coat hanger factory. (This may be a reference to the cliché of a license plate factory being in prisons.)
  • A plankton-sized prison cell, actually a safe, seen in "Krabby Road."
  • A cafeteria that supposedly only serves chili.
  • A water supply that supposedly contains no uranium. As Mrs. Puff says in the episode "Doing Time," "Crystal clear!" (This may be a reference to the recent worry of mercury-contaminated water. This may also be a reference that Bikini Atoll, the location of Bikini Bottom was the site of 67 nuclear tests done by the U.S. government in the 1940's and 50's.)
  • Clear glass communication windows.
  • A supply of novelty lollipops, as seen in "Life of Crime."
  • This building appears to be smaller on the outside than it is on the inside.


  • SpongeBob SquarePants was in Jail in two (three if it's a dream) episodes: "Driven to Tears," "Life of Crime," and "Doing Time" (if it's a dream. Although he is not seen in jail in that episode.)
  • Mrs. Puff has been in jail in "Hall Monitor," "No Free Rides," "Doing Time," "Ditchin'," "Summer Job." In "Hall Monitor" and "Doing Time," Mrs. Puff was sent to jail because SpongeBob destroyed Bikini Bottom. In "No Free Rides," she stole SpongeBob's new boatmobile and crashed it into a police car. In "Summer Job," she was going to be sent to a Stoney Lonesome in the same outfit as "Hall Monitor." And in "Ditchin'," she was sent to jail because she skipped Jury Duty. It was also implied that she was going to jail in "Patrick-Man!" Patrick thought she was breaking into a boatmobile (when in reality, she was trying to help one of her students was locked inside and couldn't get out.) He threw a net over her, and left a note which read "Kops-This is boat theef." She was thrown into a paddy wagon, and one of the police asked her if she remembered what a felony was. She was also shown to be arrested in "Bumper to Bumper," after violating house-arrest. She has been arrested the most times out of every character.
  • Tattletale Strangler was in jail in "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler." He was wanted for strangling tattletales.


  • Although he has been arrested many times, Mr. Krabs has never been actually shown in jail. This also goes for Sandy, who has only been arrested once (twice in a deleted scene) so far.
  • Every main character (except Gary) has been arrested at least once.
  • In "Summer Job," it is shown that SpongeBob teaches boating lessons there.
  • The first appearance of the Bikini Bottom Jail was in "Hall Monitor". But the whole jail was not shown until Season 2.
  • A whale prisoner that appears in the episode "Jailbreak!" looks similar to Pearl.
Locations (VE)


Bikini BottomRock BottomNew Kelp CityAtlantis

Bikini Bottom Areas

Goo LagoonJellyfish FieldsKelp ForestDead Eye Gulch

Bikini Bottom Residence

120 Conch Street122 Conch Street124 Conch StreetSandy's Treedome3451 Anchor WayMrs. Puff's HouseMama Krabs' HouseGrandma SquarePants' House

Bikini Bottom Establishments

Barg'N-MartChum BucketKrusty KrabMermalairMrs. Puff's Boating SchoolBikini Bottom MallGoofy Goober's Ice Cream Party BoatHatsReef CinemaBikini Bottom JailBikini Bottom High SchoolBikini Bottom HospitalGymThe Salty SpitoonAdult Learning CenterBottom of the Hill Community

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