halfway house


Definition of halfway house

1a : a place to stop midway on a journey
b : a halfway place in a progression
2 : a residence for individuals after release from institutionalization (as for mental illness, drug addiction, or criminal activity) that is designed to facilitate their readjustment to private life

Examples of halfway house in a Sentence

The car is the perfect halfway house between a family caravan and luxury sedan.

Recent Examples on the Web

The extension was intended to give the city more time to transition the residents of the six halfway houses as officials find ways to replace the longstanding programs. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Residents at Denver’s GEO Group halfway house could be transferred to other counties despite contract extension," 10 Sep. 2019 He was charged with escaping custody, and was also charged in three bank robberies during the time he was supposed to be in the halfway house, according to prosecutors. Fox News, "Metropolitan Correctional Center 'accidentally released' serial bank robber days before Epstein's death," 15 Aug. 2019 McDuffie — who repeatedly wrote letters to federal officials last fall opposing the new halfway house — recently reversed course and dropped objections to Core’s proposal. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "‘It’s going to be a crisis’: D.C. may be left without a halfway house for men returning from federal prison," 6 Aug. 2019 Then, in March 2017, a man named Hakim Kashif visited the halfway house. Casey Parks, USA Today, "'You don't know what you did for me': Released from prison by Obama, now on the dean's list," 8 July 2019 The location of the halfway house has not been released. CBS News, "Whitey Bulger's girlfriend moved to halfway house in Massachusetts to serve out sentence," 20 June 2019 Cerna must also serve two years of federal supervision after his release from the halfway house. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Former Harlandale ISD trustee sentenced in insurance contract scheme," 19 June 2018 Of those who were sentenced, more than 80% were released without parole or a stay at a halfway house, which could indicate they were convicted of relatively minor charges, according to Richard Cho, executive director of the coalition. Chris Ehrmann, courant.com, "Review of shelter data finds high numbers of ex-convicts," 17 Sep. 2019 More recently, the couple’s eldest son, Track, served less than two months at an Anchorage halfway house after a conviction for assaulting his father in 2017. BostonGlobe.com, "ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sarah Palin’s husband, commonly referred to as ‘‘Alaska’s first dude’’ when she was governor, appears to be seeking a divorce from his wife of 31 years.," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of halfway house

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of halfway house

: a place where people who have recently left a prison, mental hospital, etc., can live until they are considered ready to live by themselves
chiefly British : something that combines the qualities or features of two different things

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half·​way house | \ ˈhaf-ˈwā-, ˈhȧf- How to pronounce halfway house (audio) \

Medical Definition of halfway house

: a center for individuals after institutionalization (as for mental illness or drug addiction) that is designed to facilitate their readjustment to private life

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Legal Definition of halfway house

: a residence for formerly institutionalized individuals (as mental patients, drug addicts, or convicts) that is designed to facilitate their readjustment to private life

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