The Bikini Bottom Jail, also known as the Bikini Bottom Prison, is a governmental institution in Bikini Bottom. It first appears 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 of the main characters going to jail.



  • A large pile of rocks (Mrs. Puff is seen smashing them during the episode "Doing Time.")
  • A giant "cannonball" weight attached to the main building.
  • A robot computer SpongeBob uses in Battle for Bikini Bottom.
  • A seemingly bottomless extra security cell Plankton is seen inside 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 to Bikini Atoll, the location of Bikini Bottom was the site of 67 nuclear tests done by the U.S. government in the 1940s and 50s.)
  • 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.



  • Although he has been arrested many times, Eugene H. Krabs has never actually been shown in jail. Same goes for Sandy, who has only been arrested once (twice in a deleted scene) so far.
  • Gary the Snail is the only main character who has never been arrested.
  • In "Summer Job," it is shown that SpongeBob teaches boating lessons at the jail.
  • A whale prisoner who looks similar to Pearl appears in jail in the episode "Jailbreak!"
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 houseBetsy 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