correctional institution

Definitions of correctional institution
  1. noun
    a penal institution maintained by the government
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    examples:
    Newgate
    a former prison in London notorious for its unsanitary conditions and burnt down in riots in 1780; a new prison was built on the same spot but was torn down in 1902
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    detention camp, detention home, detention house, house of detention
    an institution where juvenile offenders can be held temporarily (usually under the supervision of a juvenile court)
    clink, gaol, jail, jailhouse, pokey, poky, slammer
    a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
    pen, penitentiary
    a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes
    prison, prison house
    a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment
    reform school, reformatory, training school
    correctional institution for the detention and discipline and training of young or first offenders
    bastille
    a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)
    borstal
    formerly a British reform school for youths considered too young to send to prison
    chokey, choky
    British slang (dated) for a prison
    holding cell
    a jail in a courthouse where accused persons can be confined during a trial
    hoosegow, hoosgow
    slang for a jail
    house of correction
    (formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences
    lockup
    jail in a local police station
    nick
    (British slang) a prison
    panopticon
    a circular prison with cells distributed around a central surveillance station; proposed by Jeremy Bentham in 1791
    state prison
    a prison maintained by a state of the U.S.
    workhouse
    a county jail that holds prisoners for periods up to 18 months
    type of:
    penal facility, penal institution
    an institution where persons are confined for punishment and to protect the public
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