I come form a neighboorhood with lots of kids also. It was in the 60’s and 70’s that we had agreat time playing “jail”. After dark we would play this for hours. Being from a small town in Illinois we could run around as much as we wanted and always felt safe in the neighborhood. The game started by picking two or three people who were “it”. The others would go hide and if found and tagged had to go to “jail”, usually the neighbors front porch. We used rolled up newspapers to tag, and you could throw them at someone to tag them if need be. I think this games been around awhile in some form or another, like Ringoleavio, etc. It would be neat to find out the origins of the game. What’s the earliest date anyone remembers playing this game?
We used to play this every night in the summer after dark. It was great because the Hillary’s had 12 kids and we had a ton of kids in the neighborhood. Someone would be “it” and everyone would go and hide. When the policeman found you, he’d say “Mary” come to court. Court was usually someone’s front stoop. You could “escape” if one of the “uncaught” people came and tapped you. Pretty risky business. The game was over when everyone was caught.