house of correction

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house of correction

A place where people are sent after being convicted of minor offenses, sometimes with the goal of reforming their behavior. Sir, how long will Walter have to stay in the house of correction? I wouldn't do that if I were you—you'll be sent to the house of correction if you get caught.
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house of correction

Euph. a prison. He was sentenced to five years in the county's house of correction. The Jones House of Correction was built in the 1950s, when violent crime was much less common here.
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