How to use Penitentiary in a sentence as a noun

Criminal recidisivm is a huge problem, and my guess is because the penitentiary model was based upon the idea that isolating someone and giving them time to think would cause them to reflect on the error of their ways. we can see now that it just warps a person's mind.

And I had it easy compared to prison or the penitentiary.

Replace "school systems" with "retributive penitentiary systems" and you'll see what I mean. It's the same tired argument as "Capitalism is inherently evil."

No matter how different, or even opposite the purpose: whether it be that of punishing the incorrigible, guarding the insane, reforming the vicious, confining the suspected, employing the idle, maintaining the helpless, curing the sick, instructing the willing in any branch of industry, or training the rising race in the path of education: in a word, whether it be applied to the purposes of perpetual prisons in the room of death, or prisons for confinement before trial, or penitentiary-houses, or houses of correction, or work-houses, or manufactories, or mad-houses, or hospitals, or schools. It is obvious that, in all these instances, the more constantly the persons to be inspected are under the eyes of the persons who should inspect them, the more perfectly will the purpose X of the establishment have been attained.

If their goal is to amuse themselves to the greatest degree possible, the above applies just as much, plus they should factor in the "non-amusing" nature of residence in a federal penitentiary.

The American penitentiary system is fundamentally flawed and is in need of a deep reform; the real shocker to me is that stuff like this can happen before trial: > Nazario first went to Rikers at 16, after an arrest on an assault charge. Before leaving at 19, he says, he had spent more than 300 days in solitary confinement — all before being convicted of a crime.

How much do you want to bet that none of them ever set foot inside a federal penitentiary? I certainly wouldn't take that bet.

How to use Penitentiary in a sentence as an adjective

Look up the etymology and provenance of the word "penitentiary".

Im sorry, could you elaborate on the difference between prison, jail and penitentiary? To my non-native understanding, theyre exact synonyms.

If he had simply told AT&T the data was available, without deliberately violating the privacy of hundreds of thousands of people, he wouldn't be in a minimum security federal penitentiary right now. Weev is not one of the good guys.

In days gone by, this process was considered one of penitence, hence the old name "penitentiary" for that institution which we now call a "prison". Moreover, I consider the rehabilitative model a grave insult against the human dignity of most who commit crimes -- specifically, all those who commit crimes while being able to behave otherwise should they so choose.

Interesting fact: The word penitence, from which we get penitentiary, stems from the latin "paenite" - which means "to bring regret"...

Snowden could get 30 years in a federal penitentiary. If he stayed in the US and pled guilty to the charges, who could possibly think he was doing it for personal gain?

What percent of your lifetime income / net worth would you give up to avoid a 6 month term in a maximum security penitentiary?

Penitentiary definitions


a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes


used for punishment or reform of criminals or wrongdoers; "penitentiary institutions"


showing or constituting penance; "penitential tears"; "wrote a penitential letter apologizing for her hasty words"

See also: penitential