House of corrections


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HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS. A prison where offenders of a particular class are confined. The term is more common in England than in the United States.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The prudent housekeeper was again dispatched to bring the unhappy culprit before Mr Allworthy, in order, not as it was hoped by some, and expected by all, to be sent to the house of correction, but to receive wholesome admonition and reproof; which those who relish that kind of instructive writing may peruse in the next chapter.
Thomas Gradgrind took no heed of these trivialities of course, but passed on as a practical man ought to pass on, either brushing the noisy insects from his thoughts, or consigning them to the House of Correction. But, the turning of the road took him by the back of the booth, and at the back of the booth a number of children were congregated in a number of stealthy attitudes, striving to peep in at the hidden glories of the place.
Fang to the House of Correction for one month; with the appropriate and amusing remark that since he had so much breath to spare, it would be more wholesomely expended on the treadmill than in a musical instrument.
And on the whole, I daresay, society was not much the worse because Ben had not six months of it at the treadmill, for his views of depredation were narrow, and the House of Correction might have enlarged them.
Featherstone's heir; that old gentleman's pride in him, and apparent fondness for him, serving in the stead of more exemplary conduct--just as when a youthful nobleman steals jewellery we call the act kleptomania, speak of it with a philosophical smile, and never think of his being sent to the house of correction as if he were a ragged boy who had stolen turnips.
House of Correction , a place of reward for political and personal service, and for the detention of offenders and appropriations.
It is the House of Correction for the State, in which silence is strictly maintained, but where the prisoners have the comfort and mental relief of seeing each other, and of working together.
Do you want the house of correction? Why, I have warned you ten times over that I would not let you off the eleventh!
Charge brought by the Worcester County House of Corrections.
3L, Worcester, charged with aggravated assault and battery, found guilty by the judge, sentenced to 9 months in House of Corrections, credit for 156 days served; assault and battery, amended to aggravated assault and battery, pled guilty, sentenced to 9 months in House of Correctionconcurrent with charge one, credit for 156 days.
Gorham, 51, of the Worcester County House of Correction, vandalizing property, guilty, $200 fine, $50 victim witness assessment.
2, Worcester, larceny over $250, guilty, 18 months in the House of Correction, sentence suspended to Dec.