borstal

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Named after Borstal Prison in Kent, England.

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borstal ‎(plural borstals)

  1. (historical) Any of the prisons set up in Britain for delinquent boys from 1895 to 1983.
  2. (UK, Ireland) Any institution which provides education to young offenders.
    • 2004, August 3, Speaker of the Kenyan National Assembly, Kenya National Assembly Official Record, Hansard, page 3126
      You have juvenile courts. Do you have borstal institutions for juveniles?
    • 2011 November 7, Paris Lees, “My Transsexual Summer: a new view of gender”, The Guardian:
      Seven years ago, I was sent to borstal. Slithering around in the societal sludge, I was forced to admit I'd made a huge mistake – committing robbery.

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