penal institution


: a building where people are kept as punishment for a crime : prison

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Recent Examples on the Web Rikers, an island in New York’s East River that houses a sprawling penal institution, is notorious for its overcrowding and violence. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Jan. 2024

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“Penal institution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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