Definition of house of correction in US English:

house of correction


  • An institution for the short-term confinement of minor offenders.

    • ‘Edward VI had supplied one of the royal palaces to serve as a house of correction for the poor, known as Bridewell.’
    • ‘In the end, she had to be confined to the Haarlem house of correction because she became uncontrollable.’
    • ‘By 1842, treadmills were employed in 109 of 200 jails and houses of correction.’
    • ‘He runs out of food, and when he asks for a handout from some people, they threaten to put him in a house of correction.’
    • ‘Most labouring men arrested would not have had the funds or contacts to enter into a recognizance, and would have been sent immediately to a house of correction.’
    prison, penal institution, place of detention, lock-up, place of confinement, guardhouse, correctional facility, detention centre
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