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  • n. Plural form of penitentiary.


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  • The Altrurians listened in silence, and I hoped they could not realize the facts, though the story was every word true; but what seemed to make them the most indignant was the treatment of the families of the prisoners in what we call our penitentiaries and reformatories.

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  • Some times it is easier to communicate to men who are in penitentiaries, to men who are prisoners of our society and of our social conventions and of our economy; because they were men who were and had been deeply wounded, wounded because when they were young they had been born to squalor and lived in very difficult situations.

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  • Right now, the practice sees offenders get credit for so-called "dead time" spent in detention centres prior to trial and sentencing, where there is no access to drug or alcohol treatment, rehabilitation or other therapeutic programs provided in long-term penitentiaries or provincial prisons. - Home Page

  • I would prefer to call the penitentiaries “the Bush.”

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  • Prison may be applied to the maximum-security institutions often known as penitentiaries and to the medium-security facilities often called correctional institutions or reformatories.

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  • Minorites have also been appointed grand penitentiaries, that is, directors of the papal penitentiaries, and have served and still servi in Rome as Apostolic penitentiareis and as confessors to the pope himself or in the principal basilicas of the city.

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  • "Originally called penitentiaries because they promised to induce holy penitence among their wards, these novel disciplinary institutions took shape in the United States soon after the birth of the republic," he writes.

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  • Prisons were called penitentiaries because the mission of a prison was to help wayward inmates serving penance.


  • But prisons are no longer called "penitentiaries" for good reason.

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  • Those are grave penances (that's why jails were formerly called "penitentiaries") but are undertaken involuntarily.

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