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.

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Micheli was ordered released to the custody of the D.C. corrections department for transfer to a halfway house on May 2. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, "An alleged murder by absconding inmate prompts relocation of D.C. Jail prisoners to Virginia," 13 July 2018 In September 2016, Alston wrote to the Superior Court judge and pleaded to be freed from prison in Cumberland, Md., and allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence in a halfway house. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Police say man opened fire on police before two officers fired back with fatal shots," 13 June 2018 After staying at a halfway house in Morganton, North Carolina, Sherill began doing yard work for a couple who introduced him to their pastor, Steve Eason, formerly of the town's First Presbyterian Church. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Once an illiterate and homeless drug addict, man graduates college at age 65," 12 June 2018 He was sentenced to five years of probation and eight months in a halfway house, and paid a $30,000 fine. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Trump says he’s considering pardoning Martha Stewart, Rod Blagojevich," 1 June 2018 On March 27, 2018, she was transferred to a halfway house in Long Beach, California to finish out her sentence. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "Abby Lee Miller's Latest Instagram Post Has “Dance Moms” Fans Concerned," 21 May 2018 He also was convicted in November 2014 of assaulting a federal employee at a halfway house. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Federal judge blasts defendant for sending intimidating letter to his home," 13 Apr. 2018 After weeks in Lake County, Matthew was transferred to a drug-rehab center in Michigan, and, was ultimately sent to the halfway house in Florida. Brenda Cain, cleveland.com, "Matthew Everhart determined to overcome addiction for his newborn: A Greater Cleveland," 9 Jan. 2018 Respite House, a Valparaiso halfway house for addicts in recovery, is at capacity and has a waiting list of 73 applicants waiting for beds, its officials said. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "New halfway house planned for Valparaiso," 29 June 2018

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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

: something that combines the qualities or features of two different things

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half·way house | \ ˈhaf-ˈwā-, ˈhȧf- \

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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