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1    a public building used to house convicted criminals and accused persons remanded in custody and awaiting trial  
   See also       jail       penitentiary       reformatory  
2    any place of confinement or seeming confinement  
     (C12: from Old French prisun, from Latin prensio a capturing, from prehendere to lay hold of)  

dispersal prison  
      n   a prison organized and equipped to accommodate a proportion of the most dangerous and highest security risk prisoners  
open prison  
      n   a penal establishment in which the prisoners are trusted to serve their sentences and so do not need to be locked up, thus extending the range of work and occupation they can safely undertake  
State prison  
      n   (in the U.S.) a prison where persons convicted of serious crimes are confined  
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calaboose     (U.S. informal)   can     (slang)   choky     (slang)   clink     (slang)   confinement, cooler     (slang)   dungeon, gaol, glasshouse     (Military informal)   jail, jug     (slang)   lockup, nick     (Brit. slang)   penal institution, penitentiary     (U.S.)   poky or pokey     (U.S. & Canad. slang)   pound, quod     (slang)   slammer     (slang)   stir     (slang)  

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cell mate (in a prison)
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