(no longer in official use) reformatory (def. 2).
- See also juvenile detention center.
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How to use reform school in a sentence
Sympathetic docs The American Meme and This Is Paris—in which Hilton reflected on abuse she allegedly suffered at a series of residential reform schools—have added dimensions to her image, rescuing her from the realm of pop-culture caricatures.The Surprisingly Complicated Pleasures of Cooking With Paris | Judy Berman | August 4, 2021 | Time
The topics of the previous books were both deeply serious, tackling American slavery and a treacherous real-life reform school, respectively.
Did you meet any teenagers whose behavior or actions seemed at all worthy (on any level) of being sent to a reform school?‘Kidnapped for Christ’ Review: Come Because You’re Gay, Stay For Jesus | Matthew Paul Turner | July 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rotherham had demonstrated outright hostility to his previous efforts to reform school-lunch nutrition.
Such were the public sentiment and sense of honor, even in a reform school.Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions | George S. Boutwell
In January, 1871, he was appointed an officer of the reform school at Waukesha, Wisconsin.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 2 (of 2) | William Denison Lyman
Three were sent to the penitentiary, seven to the reform school and fourteen let go temporarily on good behavior.Think | Col. Wm. C. Hunter
A hotel without women would be almost as cheerful as a reform school.Peck's Compendium of Fun | George W. Peck
Tell him you don't want to send them to the reform school, but would like to have them put under the discipline of a big ship.