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 His situation — nearly four decades in the same dead-end job, living in what looks like a halfway house, with no obvious outside interests beyond some old baseball mementos kept in a strong box — is not particularly credible. Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Last Shift’ takes aim at white privilege in the working class, but it fails to ignite," 25 Sep. 2020 Gibson said another 64 inmates who were sentenced are awaiting transfer to a halfway house, meaning 181 inmates have been sentenced and under normal circumstances would already be out of the jail. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "After shrinking Cuyahoga County Jail population to all-time low, spike in inmates raises alarms," 1 Sep. 2020 Simmons said Reed flew to New Orleans on Monday, Aug. 17, spent a few days in a halfway house, and then arrived at his home in Covington the following Friday. Bob Warren| Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Former DA Walter Reed finishing prison term back in his Covington home," 30 Aug. 2020 During the hearing, the teen’s attorneys asked Hertzfeld to release their client into the custody of his mother or a youth halfway house until trial. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "14-year-old charged in July 4 shooting death was on court supervision," 4 Aug. 2020 Brown had moved there a few weeks before, after a stint at a halfway house for people with drug and alcohol addiction. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "How a fatal police shooting in 1990 ensnared Bruce Hoffbauer in a political firestorm," 10 July 2020 He was sentenced to probation and finished out his high school education at an alternative school, Escuela Tlatelolco, while living in a halfway house. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Longtime anti-gang activist Cisco Gallardo leaving Denver for a new role, but his legacy will remain," 18 Feb. 2020 Then on April 10, Cranford was part of a group of inmates moved to quarantine and told they were being considered for home confinement or being moved to a halfway house, Garrett said. Linda Satter, Arkansas Online, "Attorney: Cranford to get out of prison, serve his time at home," 5 Aug. 2020 Rippy also didn’t report to a halfway house as required, court documents said. Washington Post, "Suspect accused of football game threat enters guilty plea," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of halfway house

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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8 Oct 2020

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“Halfway house.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halfway%20house. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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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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