house of correction

Definition of house of correction

  1. :  a penal institution for persons convicted of a minor offense and considered capable of reformation

Circa 1576

First Known Use of house of correction

circa 1576


Law Dictionary

house of correction

  1. :  an institution where persons who have committed minor offenses and who are considered capable of reformation are confined — compare house of detention, jail, lockup, penitentiary, prison

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