house of correction

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Definition of house of correction

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

First Known Use of house of correction

circa 1576, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of house of correction was circa 1576

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“House of correction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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Legal Definition of house of correction

: 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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