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

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 She was transferred to a residential re-entry center, or halfway house, located in Long Beach, Calif. where she was set to stay until May 25 before the sudden illness that led to her spinal surgery. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Abby Lee Miller, former 'Dance Moms' star, preliminarily diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma," 19 Apr. 2018 Word came late last month that Jeffrey Skilling is moving from federal prison to a halfway house, on the way to freedom after serving a 14-year sentence. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Jeff Skilling and a reminder that white-collar crime doesn’t have to pay," 4 Sep. 2018 But for the past year, Collin has been required to spend his nights at the halfway house, and to follow a curfew. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Blindspotting is the rare buddy comedy that tackles social issues. It works.," 19 July 2018 Purdue alum Danielle Render shared photos on Twitter, saying the space reminded her of a jail or halfway house. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Purdue University Temporary Housing Under Scrutiny After Photos Go Viral," 30 Aug. 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

halfway house

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

halfway house

half·​way house

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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