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Correctional facility
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1. Definition

Correctional facilities in the early modern period comprised a heterogeneous variety communal and public institutions that served different purposes [1]: they forced unemployed marginal groups (Unemployment) and the mobile underclass to work, punished criminals, disciplined people with deviant behavior, and sometimes also raised children and juveniles and cared for impoverished or sick subjects. The boundaries between corre…

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Bretschneider, Falk, “Correctional facility”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030866>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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