The method would come to be known as “The Pennsylvania System” and the institution “a penitentiary.”
Walking past a large data center building, painted yellow like a penitentiary, I asked what went on inside.
“I rediscovered my own humanity in the penitentiary,” he admits.
Philadelphia coined the term ‘penitentiary’—and set the tone for prison reform.
The Mexican Mafia run their empire from the penitentiary to the streets of LA.
To visit the penitentiary, where thirty Mormon bishops are imprisoned for polygamy.
He is to be beaten, understand, if we have to send him to the penitentiary on an old issue to do it.
At best some crime, perhaps, which had sent him to the penitentiary.
“If all we hear is true, his end will be the penitentiary,” she declared with decision.
On one occasion it was only Mamie's cleverness and devotion that saved Johnny, for a time, from the penitentiary.
early 15c., "place of punishment for offenses against the church," from Medieval Latin penitentiaria, from fem. of penitentiarius (adj.) "of penance," from Latin paenitentia "penitence" (see penitence). Meaning "house of correction" (originally an asylum for prostitutes) is from 1806, short for penitentiary house (1776). Slang shortening pen is attested from 1884.