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place of confinement for the punishment and rehabilitation of criminals. By the end of the 18th cent. imprisonment was the chief mode of punishment for all but capital crimes.
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Place for the imprisonment of inmates and for their reformation through discipline and work.


1. (in the US and Canada) a state or federal prison: in Canada, esp a federal prison for offenders convicted of serious crimes
2. RC Church
a. a cleric appointed to supervise the administration of the sacrament of penance in a particular area
b. a priest who has special faculties to absolve particularly grave sins
c. a cardinal who presides over a tribunal that decides all matters affecting the sacrament of penance
d. this tribunal itself
3. US and Canadian (of an offence) punishable by imprisonment in a penitentiary
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Studying the registers of the Penitentiary from the pontificate of Plus II allows us to see who the men who granted graces in marriage matters were.
He showed an affidavit signed by a justice of the peace who had seen only seven bodies at the penitentiary on December 1 night.
Cardenas has practically gained control of operations inside the penitentiary by offering bribes to personnel at all levels, from administrators to cell guards.
2) Eastern State Penitentiary Web site; retrieved on May 20, 2004, from http://www.
Fortunately for her she was quickly pardoned and released only six weeks after being admitted, and no other woman was committed to the penitentiary for another five years.
The modern history of the supermax began on Saturday, October 22, 1983, when Thomas Silverstein, and inmate at the federal maximum-security penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, stabbed a corrections officer 40 times, precipitating a total lockdown of the prison.
Of particular interest in this study are the chapters that explore the growth of the penitentiary in the new republic against the backdrop of slavery.
Two specialists (including a cardiologist) were invited for examination and determination whether Tekebayev needs to be transferred or he will continue treatment in the penitentiary colony #47," the statement said.
The provision of various social and health services to prisoners, including psychological support, and assistance in their subsequent reintegration into society are important tasks of every penitentiary system," said Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat Natalya Drozd.
He said the site for the new penitentiary was near the undeveloped Minalungao Park.
The press service of the State Penitentiary Service necessitated opening of a correction facility of general regime on the basis of the existing 27th facility that is located in the village of Moldovanovka in Chui region.
that time, Akhalaia was the Head of the Penitentiary Department (an agency under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia).