from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An institution for the confinement of persons convicted of minor criminal offenses.
- noun An institution dedicated to the management and rehabilitation of persons perceived to be at risk of becoming criminals.
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- noun A
residential penitentiaryfacility, an institution where criminalsor waywardpeople (notably youth) are sent to have their ways ' corrected' trough a penalregime officially intended to reeducatethem
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- noun (formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences
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