The Bikini Bottom Jail, also known as the Bikini Bottom Prison, is a governmental institution in Bikini Bottom that first appears in the episode "Hall Monitor."



The building is two stories high, with an oversized ball-and-chain attached to it. The prison features a rock-crushing yard, a cafeteria, and the jail cell. The building is composed of metal and is sky-blue with a black roof, on top of which has a brown wooden sign hold together by two bamboo sticks that reads the jail's name in white text outlined by red.

The inmates do many activities, such as crushing rocks, lifting weights, and making wire coat hangers and license plates.



  • 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 that SpongeBob uses in Battle for Bikini Bottom.
  • A seemingly bottomless extra security cell Plankton is seen inside in "Krabby Road"
  • 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!"
  • Clear-glass communication windows
  • A supply of lollipops, as seen in "Life of Crime"
  • This building appears to be smaller on the outside than it is on the inside.


It is also implied that she would go to jail in "Patrick-Man!" Patrick thinks she is breaking into a boatmobile, when in reality, she is trying to help one of her students who is locked inside and couldn't get out. Patrick throws a net over her and leaves a note that reads "Kops-This is boat theef." She is thrown into a paddy wagon, and one of the police asks if she remembers what a felony is.

She is also shown to be arrested in "Bumper to Bumper" after violating house arrest.


  • "The String" - Bikini Bottom Jail was presumably destroyed when SpongeBob unraveled all of Bikini Bottom and the Milky Way with the string.


  • 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, but was never seen in jail.
  • 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 cellmate 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 CommunityBikini Bottom ZooFancy!Glove World!Weenie Hut JuniorsSuper Weenie Hut JuniorsWeenie Hut GeneralShady Shoals Rest HomeOld Man Jenkins' barnOld Man Jenkins' houseBikini Bottom AirportDinerBunny BunsKing Neptune's castle