Use penal in a sentence?
Devil's Island, off the coast of French Guiana, was once the site of an infamous penal colony.
Sources: sadlier-oxford vocabulary workshop, new edition, Level C, by Jerome Shostak
California Penal Code 11378 of the Health and Safety (HS) section tells you, in a very legaleeze way, of the max sentence for being found guilty of possession for sale of phencyclidine. I haven't looked up what that drug or possible precursor chemical is, but it is irrelevant. If you want to know what it is, use webmd and search that chemical.
Penal is related to the word penalty; penal labor can be part of a person's punishment, if they have been found guilty of a crime. If a sentence reads "ten years hard labor" this means that the criminal in question is going to be imprisoned for ten years and will be required to do hard, penal labor, while imprisoned. In the US, prisoners have been used for a variety of types of labor. Breaking rocks…