American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An institution for the confinement of persons convicted of minor criminal offenses.
- n. A residential penitentiary facility, an institution where criminals or wayward people (notably youth) are sent to have their ways 'corrected' trough a penal regime officially intended to reeducate them
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a house where disorderly persons are confined; a bridewell.
- n. See Correction.
- n. (formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences
“There are two state prisons, at Jackson and at Marquette, a reformatory for male offenders at Ionia, and a house of correction for males and females at Detroit. the Industrial School for Boys at”
“The Cascade Factory is a receiving-house for the women on their first arrival (if not assigned from the ship), or on their transition from one place to another, and also a house of correction for faults committed in domestic service; but with no pretension to be a place of reformatory discipline, and seldom failing to turn out the women worse than they entered it.”
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