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What does penitentiary mean?
A penitentiary is a prison, especially a state or federal prison in the United States or Canada.
Penitentiaries typically house criminals who have committed major crimes. The word is often used in formal contexts. In less formal and slang usage, it is often shortened to pen or the pen, such as in the phrase state pen (a penitentiary run by a state government, as opposed to the federal government). It is sometimes used as an adjective describing related things.
Less commonly, the word is used as the name of a special type of Roman Catholic tribunal.
Example: If convicted, your client is facing a life sentence in a federal penitentiary.
Where does penitentiary come from?
The first records of penitentiary come from around the 1400s. It comes from the Medieval Latin pēnitēntiārius, from Latin paenitēns, meaning “penitent.” Penitent can mean “expressing sorrow or remorse for an offense” or “a person who expresses such remorse.” Penitentiary, penitent, penance, and repent are all related to the Latin verb paenitēre, meaning “to regret” or “to be sorry.”
Many people use the words prison and jail interchangeably, but in most cases a prison houses long-term inmates convicted of major crimes, especially violent crimes such as murder and armed robbery. A jail, on the other hand, typically holds people who have been convicted of minor offenses or who are awaiting trial. Penitentiary almost always refers to prison. It is most often used in the official names of state and federal prisons in the U.S. and Canada.
A more specific and less common use of penitentiary refers to a Roman Catholic tribunal presided over by a cardinal (a high-ranking bishop). Such a body has authority over certain matters like penance and confession.
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Penitentiary is typically used in a formal way, especially as the name of state and federal prisons in the U.S. and Canada. In everyday speech, the word prison is much more commonly used.
I rather be broke on the streets than in a penitentiary cell !
— ⚡SHEDRICK DOTSON⚡ (@Iam_SuperB_) March 16, 2020
Watching this documentary on how these six dudes broke out of the penitentiary in Pittsburgh it's crazy how they did it
— Blood Money (@_geezy51) January 28, 2015
Y’all really doing push-ups in your Instagram story like we’re serving a dime in the state penitentiary
— jose? (@dirtandroses) March 21, 2020
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Ruffin’s findings led the Justice Department to announce that about 400 inmates, being held at the jail in federal criminal cases, will be transferred to a penitentiary in Pennsylvania.D.C. jail ordered U.S. marshals to leave after surprise inspections, judge says|Spencer Hsu, Emily Davies, Paul M. Duggan|November 4, 2021|Washington Post
I didn’t want him to talk himself into the penitentiary for life.He Robbed a Taco Joint With a Toy Water Gun for $264. He Got Life in Prison.|Kate Briquelet|May 31, 2021|The Daily Beast
One of the first documented outbreaks of the 1918 influenza pandemic happened in San Quentin State Prison, the infamous and overpopulated penitentiary where Johnny Cash sang.
The Mexican Mafia run their empire from the penitentiary to the streets of LA.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs|Seth Ferranti|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I recently visited Graterford, a maximum-security state penitentiary in Pennsylvania, 30 miles from Philadelphia.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On|Tina Brown|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He is now serving a minimum of a two-year sentence in a federal penitentiary.
He served two months at the Mississippi state penitentiary before his conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court.San Diego Mayor Bob Filner May Be Handsy, but He Won’t Resign|Caitlin Dickson|July 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But under house arrest after 18 months in a federal penitentiary.Aaron Swartz’s Thought Crime Was Tragically Treated Like Real Crime|Bill McKibben|January 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There is nothing like it among us at the present day except within the melancholy precincts of the penitentiary.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
He didn't think the penitentiary the place for them, and would not have the convicts contaminated by them.Portrait and Biography of Parson Brownlow, The Tennessee Patriot|William Gannaway Brownlow
In the three months of penitentiary life I have learned many things.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
We are requiring heavy bail and asking for imprisonment in the penitentiary in case of conviction.
In a remote state of the West there is a respectable and successful farmer, who was once sentenced to the penitentiary for life.Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions|George S. Boutwell
British Dictionary definitions for penitentiary
- a cleric appointed to supervise the administration of the sacrament of penance in a particular area
- a priest who has special faculties to absolve particularly grave sins
- a cardinal who presides over a tribunal that decides all matters affecting the sacrament of penance
- this tribunal itself