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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.....

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by don_makaveli April 04, 2006
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penitentiary - to qualify as a penitentiary, it must be a large, maximum security prison. the word, penitentiary is from the latin, penitent, which means to repent, be sorry for, or pay for one's mistakes. Its Latin root is: paenitent - repentent. prison jail hoosegow the big house deadlock lockdown the block the slammer stoney lonesome con college club fed calaboose the hole the joint the clink jailhouse
Yuhto was wrongly convicted of murder in the first degree and sentenced to fifteen years in Schelgar Penitentiary of the State of California, an enormous, poorly maintained maximum security prison. (paraphrased - from the novel, Deadlock, by Aida Saki and Takashina Yuu)
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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)
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