Definition Of penitentiary

noun

(in the Roman Catholic Church) a priest charged with certain aspects of the administration of the sacrament of penance.

a prison for people convicted of serious crimes.

Only about 20 of the more than 1,000 prisoners at the federal penitentiary have been convicted of crimes; many have spent years awaiting trial.

Example Of penitentiary

  • 14 Federal inmates were held at state and local prison facilities until the penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas, was established in 1895.

  • According to the report, 2.1 million Americans spent 2002 in local jails, state and federal penitentiaries and juvenile detention facilities.

  • Although the almshouse did not eliminate poverty any more than the penitentiary did crime, 1820s Baltimore attested to the optimism of a dynamic age.

  • As I was setting up to photograph in a storage building that houses the cremated remains, prisoners from the local penitentiary were called in to clean up some of the mess in the adjacent hallway, crematorium, and autopsy room.

  • He was one of the 11 other convicts at the penitentiary who were so treated.


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