house of correction


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house of correction

n. pl. houses of correction
1. An institution for the confinement of persons convicted of minor criminal offenses.
2. An institution dedicated to the management and rehabilitation of persons perceived to be at risk of becoming criminals.

house of correction

n
(Law) (formerly) a place of confinement for persons convicted of minor offences

house′ of correc′tion


n.
a place for the confinement and reform of persons convicted of minor offenses.
[1625–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.house of correction - (formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences
gaol, jail, jailhouse, pokey, poky, slammer, clink - a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)

house of correction

noun
A place for the confinement of persons in lawful detention:
Informal: lockup, pen.
Chiefly Regional: calaboose.
Translations
maison de correction
References in classic literature ?
The prudent housekeeper was again dispatched to bring the unhappy culprit before Mr Allworthy, in order, not as it was hoped by some, and expected by all, to be sent to the house of correction, but to receive wholesome admonition and reproof; which those who relish that kind of instructive writing may peruse in the next chapter.
Thomas Gradgrind took no heed of these trivialities of course, but passed on as a practical man ought to pass on, either brushing the noisy insects from his thoughts, or consigning them to the House of Correction.
Fang to the House of Correction for one month; with the appropriate and amusing remark that since he had so much breath to spare, it would be more wholesomely expended on the treadmill than in a musical instrument.
Featherstone's heir; that old gentleman's pride in him, and apparent fondness for him, serving in the stead of more exemplary conduct--just as when a youthful nobleman steals jewellery we call the act kleptomania, speak of it with a philosophical smile, and never think of his being sent to the house of correction as if he were a ragged boy who had stolen turnips.
It is the House of Correction for the State, in which silence is strictly maintained, but where the prisoners have the comfort and mental relief of seeing each other, and of working together.
Charges brought by the Worcester County House of Correction.
Violators who refused to pay the penalty or who were too poor to do so were to be sentenced to one to three months' hard labor at the local house of correction.
Collaborators are Lower Roxbury Coalition, Roxbury Community Alliance for Health, Department of Corrections, Suffolk County House of Corrections, and local churches.