house of correction definition

  • noun:
    • An institution for the confinement of people convicted of small criminal offenses.
    • a domestic penitentiary facility, an establishment where crooks or wayward people (notably youth) are delivered to have their means 'corrected' trough a penal regime officially intended to reeducate all of them
    • a house where disorderly individuals are confined; a bridewell.
    • See Correction.
    • (formerly) a jail or any other host to detention for persons convicted of small offences

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