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Penitentiary

penitentiary n

pl: -ries
: a state or federal prison for the punishment and reformation of convicted felons compare house of correction, house of detention, jail, lockup



Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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