Definition of halfway house in US English:

halfway house

noun

  • 1A center for helping former drug addicts, prisoners, psychiatric patients, or others to adjust to life in general society.

    • ‘However, justice minister Cathy Jamieson insists that the moves will help to address Scotland's woeful re-offending record by providing a halfway house for prisoners to slowly adjust from prison life to living in the community.’
    • ‘He spent six months at the halfway house while his family stayed away.’
    • ‘New York, like many states, releases nonviolent offenders from prison toward the end of their sentences to live in halfway houses in the community and go to work.’
    • ‘And Wiltshire coroner David Masters has recommended halfway houses for mental health patients to try and prevent tragedy happening again.’
    • ‘Glasgow's Cathedral House Hotel is a former halfway house for prisoners from Duke Street Prison.’
    • ‘Now, with the closing of our residential inpatient units and our return to just halfway houses (or in some instances, three-quarter travel-under-escort housing), we may have come full circle.’
    • ‘These centres also operate as halfway houses that help to reintegrate young people into the school system.’
    • ‘This is the protest that greets announcement of a site for a halfway house or day-care centre for mentally ill people who do not need hospitalisation.’
    • ‘I just had the urge to audition for this variety show - all made up of recovering people - that was going to tour jails, prisons and halfway houses.’
    • ‘Possible ideas include creating halfway houses, or transitional care areas, where patients could be housed until appropriate accommodation is arranged.’
    • ‘People living in a quiet neighborhood receive notice of a proposal to use a nearby residence as a psychiatric halfway house.’
    • ‘They included training facilities, a semi-custodial institution similar to the women's prison in Dublin and a halfway house for released prisoners.’
    • ‘Gould Farm is a far cry from Reid's former life working on Wall Street, an existence that also included psychiatric hospitals, traditional therapies and halfway houses.’
    • ‘Even facilities offering stricter supervision and more treatment, like halfway houses and Community Based Corrections Facilities were shown to save the state thousands of dollars per person when compared to prison.’
    • ‘A radical Islamic convert with a long criminal history is running a halfway house for freed prisoners and the homeless.’
    • ‘In the 1980s, courts granted the mentally ill a right to live in the ‘least-restrictive setting,’ prompting the release of even more people to halfway houses or, most often, unsupervised homes.’
    • ‘Are viewers likely to be sympathetic to people with mental illness or to welcome warmly (or even with a neutral reaction) psychiatric halfway houses or day-treatment centers in their community?’
    • ‘Credit has been given to an accused for nine months in which an accused under the YARC program was required to live in a halfway house under strict discipline conditions.’
    • ‘While there's no all-inclusive list, they include airports, garbage dumps, jails and halfway houses - things that everyone agrees we need but that no one wants as a neighbor.’
    • ‘Eventually he and his lawyer reached a plea agreement with a federal prosecutor that would send Austin to a month in prison followed by five months' custody in a halfway house.’
    1. 1.1 The halfway point in a progression.
      ‘suspension of the talks was only a halfway house toward complete termination’
      • ‘No less than burning bridges, burning halfway houses is not a very good idea.’
      • ‘This is a halfway house between BMW's outgoing BMW M3, soon to be replaced by the new shape 400 bhp fire-breathing 3 Series, and the formidable M3 CSL.’
      • ‘The finality of a fully formalized theory is that of halfway houses, of temporary stops.’
      • ‘Occasionally, micro-celebrity can prove a halfway house on the road to mega-stardom.’
      • ‘They were only intended to be halfway houses, but by having State-owned enterprises with an ongoing life, we politicise the process.’
      • ‘Moore said SE's planned Intermediary Technology Institutes could help solve the latter problem by providing a halfway house between academia and commerce.’
      • ‘And this is completed sculpture, presented in its finality of bronze and not, as too many times in commercial galleries in the halfway house of gypsum.’
      • ‘There was no halfway house, no progress towards something different.’
      • ‘The SVP confounded the pundits once before in 1992 when it persuaded the country to reject joining the European Economic Area - a halfway house to full membership of the EU.’
      • ‘Small steps have been taken with the establishment of East and West development squads, a halfway house on the anticipated route to a formal regional structure.’
      • ‘An example of this kind of halfway house towards pure abstraction can be found in his painting ‘Cossacks'.’
      • ‘You will find halfway houses on the road to specialist mathematics teachers in some American elementary schools today.’
      • ‘By granting the autonomy that most Scots craved, but stopping short of independence, the creation of the parliament was intended by him and John Smith to be a dead end for the SNP, not a halfway house.’
      • ‘Essentially, it is a halfway house to the Court of Appeal, finally removing that power of referral back from the tender clutches of what used to be called the ‘C’ department in the Home Office.’
      • ‘Of course at the time we had the ballot box and armalite strategy, the halfway house so to speak, but that too was a transitional phase.’
      • ‘Our city acts as a halfway house between the south and Glasgow.’
      • ‘Although this leaves the franchise operators in place, it represents a significant step towards a halfway house re-nationalised railway system, at least in Scotland.’
      • ‘For test purposes, I was given a V8 3.5, which is the halfway house between the 3-litre V6 version, and the V8 4.2.’
      • ‘Campaigners argued the plan was a halfway house towards privatisation.’
      • ‘For new immigrants, who often arrive unfamiliar with modern industrial society, much less the high-powered American style, these pockets of cultural familiarity are halfway houses.’
    2. 1.2historical An inn midway between two towns.
      • ‘By staying in this half-way house, the guests all have a chance to rectify the errors that they've made in their own lives during the past year.’
      • ‘It was built in 1825 as an Inn/Halfway House for travellers.’

Pronunciation

halfway house

/hæfˌweɪ ˈhaʊs//hafˌwā ˈhous/