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

My middle school in downtown Chicago was situated across the street from a seedy McDonald’s and down the block from a halfway house. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "A Former Urban Mall Rat Shops The New Hudson Yards," 19 Mar. 2019 Only those deemed low or minimum risk to society can apply these credits toward spending more of the sentence in home confinement or a halfway house. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Criminal Justice Advances," 16 Dec. 2018 Under the bill, the Bureau of Prisons can assign prisoners to serve the final portion of their sentences in halfway houses or home confinement. Kevin Freking, The Seattle Times, "Senators say they’ve met threshold for criminal justice vote," 4 Dec. 2018 Certain prisoners could earn good-behavior credits that would allow them to, say, move to a halfway house earlier. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Jailbreak for Bipartisanship," 15 Nov. 2018 Those credits would allow them to be released early to halfway houses or home confinement. German Lopez, Vox, "The Senate just passed criminal justice reform," 19 Dec. 2018 Ditto for amendments that would require victims to be notified if an inmate is moving into a halfway house, which offers victims a chance to tell the warden if, say, the person has contacted or threatened them while in prison. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Criminal Justice Advances," 16 Dec. 2018 Now, after two months in jail and just about a year of parole in a halfway house, Collin is three days short of being a free man, albeit one on probation. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Blindspotting is the rare buddy comedy that tackles social issues. It works.," 19 July 2018 First Step Act, job training, drug counselling, halfway houses, home confinement. Greg Gutfeld, Fox News, "Gutfeld on Roseanne," 31 May 2018

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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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