Definition of house of correction in English:

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house of correction


An institution for the short-term confinement of minor offenders.
Example sentences
  • In the end, she had to be confined to the Haarlem house of correction because she became uncontrollable.
  • Edward VI had supplied one of the royal palaces to serve as a house of correction for the poor, known as Bridewell.
  • By 1842, treadmills were employed in 109 of 200 jails and houses of correction.
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