jail
"Ever since a nigga was a seed only thing promised to me was the penitentiary..."
by pwnz0r September 19, 2003
actually it means jail. penitentiary is a big cage, where people are being changed in a good way.
Heeey! I see the penitentiary, one day
And runnin from the police.....

tupac shakur(dear mama)
by don_makaveli April 04, 2006
A common shelter that provides living accomodations for many African-Americans of our community.
"I'm finna be hittin' up some brothers in the penitentiary later. Dey got da best fried chicken there!" (spoken in Ebonics - the common vernacular of the black)
by Angry Rhino November 02, 2010

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