reform school

noun

Definition of reform school 

: a reformatory for boys or girls

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So efforts to reform schools and improve teaching would result in more children enrolling in (and completing) school. The Economist, "Universal lessons," 5 July 2018 Children as young as 2 were warehoused at this brutal and corrupt reform school. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "Corrupt, inhumane reform school was SF’s first form of juvenile justice," 16 Mar. 2018 The New York Times previously reported that as a child, Fitzgerald was sent to a reform school by a family court order. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe bonded after suffering from abusive childhoods, book claims," 2 Apr. 2018 Ethan Allen operated as a juvenile detention center and reform school from 1959 until July 2011, but according to State Rep. Cindi Duchow's office, the facility has not been mentioned as a potential site for the one of the new teen prisons. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Delafield's Ethan Allen not mentioned as possible site for Gov. Walker's new youth detention facilities," 5 Jan. 2018 Social justice advocates have embraced the film to spark conversation about reforming school discipline. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "'For Ahkeem' Documentary Explores Troubled Teen's Powerful Journey While Inspiring Change," 13 Feb. 2018 Born in London in 1903, Hope moved to Cleveland at age 4 and endured hard times growing up, including reform school. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "'This is Bob Hope,' from PBS, now on DVD (review)," 30 Jan. 2018 In the early 1960s at the Wiltwyck School for Boys in New York, a reform school for mostly black and Latino youths, Dr. Minuchin began to question the traditional wisdom of leaving families out of the treatment picture. Faye Fiore, Washington Post, "Salvador Minuchin, psychiatrist who revolutionized family therapy, dies at 96," 4 Nov. 2017 At the time, Tillinghast hadn’t been living at home for almost a year; she’d been sent to a reform school for girls after pleading guilty to a possession of marijuana charge. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "Sheryl Ann Tillinghast’s Case Still Open 44 Years Later," 24 Sep. 2017

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circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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reform school

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reform school

: a place where young people who have committed crimes are sent to live and be taught to behave in ways that are socially acceptable

reform school

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: a reformatory for boys or girls

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