reform school


Definition of reform school

: a reformatory for boys or girls

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As a young black man in the Jim Crow South, Elwood Curtis makes a minor mistake that ends up costing him gravely, landing him in an abusive reform school. Locke Hughes, NBC News, "20 end-of-summer beach reads for 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 As a result of his behavior, Charles ended up spending much of his childhood in reform schools and other facilities for delinquent boys. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Charles Manson: The Chilling True Story of the Manson Family and the 1969 Manson Murders," 10 Aug. 2019 Many of them were buried in unmarked graves, graves found only after the brutal reform school was finally closed in 2011. Constance Grady, Vox, "Colson Whitehead’s spare, riveting, horrifying Nickel Boys," 18 July 2019 For more than a century, Dozier was an outwardly progressive state reform school that behind closed doors wreaked horrors on its students. Carolyn Kellogg,, "Colson Whitehead on the ‘incredible evil’ of the real school that inspired ‘Nickel Boys’," 12 July 2019 Set at the Nickel Academy reform school in the ’60s, the novel centers on two pupils, Elwood and Turner, who debate the possibilities for surviving a racist America. Mitchell S. Jackson, Time, "'I Carry It Within Me.' Novelist Colson Whitehead Reminds Us How America's Racist History Lives On," 27 June 2019 TALLAHASSEE - Forensic experts will return next month to the site of a notorious state reform school where the remains of more than 50 people were unearthed in 2015 to find out what lies in 27 sites that could contain more human bones. Jim Turner,, "Search for more remains resumes in July at notorious Dozier School for Boys in Marianna," 21 June 2019 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

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circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reform school

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

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Legal Definition of reform school

: a reformatory for boys or girls

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