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Mansfield Reformatory, Ohio.
Boys doing needlework in a reformatory.

A reformatory, also sometimes named a reform school, is a correctional institution for minor and first offenders.

Juvenile convicts are put in reformatories instead of normal prisons for two reasons: first, to protect them from contact with (and possible abuse from) adult convicts; second, to undergo a special training in such institutions that is designed to reform (hence the name) the young convicts by means of strict discipline, schooling, and labor.

Reformatories are usually gender-separated (most are for boys). 19th century reformatories were particularly infamous for their harsh discipline methods, including corporal punishment.

Reformatories in the UKEdit

In the United Kingdom, reformatory CP was usually given with a birch or a cane (see also reformatory cane). Special items of furniture were used to administer CP in reformatories, such as a birching block or a birching pony.

A well-known example of a British type of reformatory is the borstal.

Britain had also reformatory ships.

Reformatories in the USAEdit

See Minnesota State Training School for one example.

Reformatories in spanking artEdit

"Birching in a reformatory school" by Euticus (2012).

There are a few works of spanking literature that narrate stories of reformatories.

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