House of Correction Law and Legal Definition
House of Corrections means a reformatory. The term is generally used to refer to a correctional institution used to detain juvenile offenders or persons who have committed crimes of lesser magnitude. Such a house is also termed house of refuge.
The following is an example of a state statute (Arkansa) referring to the House of Corrections:
A.C.A. § 12-41-302. Construction of facility.
(a) When any farm or tract of land has been purchased by the county court as provided in § 12-41-301(a), the county court shall cause to be let out to the lowest bidder the contract for building and erecting on the tract of land a house of correction.
(b) The house of correction shall be so constructed as to secure, as nearly as may be, all persons sentenced to confinement therein and shall be composed of such material and of such form and dimensions as the court shall direct.
(c) The house of correction shall possess such means of ventilation and other sanitary arrangements as will promote the health of the prisoners therein confined.