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WORKHOUSE. A prison where prisoners are kept in employment; a penitentiary. A house provided where the poor are taken care of, and kept in employment.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The deceased was admitted to the work house in 1901.
A resident of a Birmingham work house was arrested after an apparently motiveless attack which killed a fellow resident.