state prison

a prison maintained by a state for the confinement of felons.

1715–25 Unabridged
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State prison
(in the US) a prison where persons convicted of serious crimes are confined

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In no state prison are the convicts more regularly set to work, and more closely watched.
The federal prison system and thirty-eight state prison systems are now operating above their rated capacity.
Only on their third arrest do users face time in state prison.
But the head of the state prison system says there isn't time to wait for such research.
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