Reformatory Law and Legal Definition

Reformatory is a penal institution or a place of imprisonment or confinement of persons convicted of crimes of a less serious nature and who appear to be of a type subject to reformation by a proper course of treatment, education, and discipline during confinement.

Reformatory is a penal institution, being a substitute for a jail or penitentiary, its scheme being to not only punish but at the same time to discipline and reform the young of both sexes who have committed small offenses or are likely to become outcasts in society. [McAndrews v. Hamilton County, 105 Tenn. 399, 403 (Tenn. 1900)].