prison camp


Definition of prison camp

1 : a camp for the confinement of reasonably trustworthy prisoners usually employed on government projects
2 : a camp for prisoners of war or political prisoners

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North Korea has been denounced as one of the worst human rights violators in the world, accused of extrajudicial killings, torture, chronic food insecurity, lack of freedom of expression and running a network of prison camps. New York Times, "North Korea Razes Missile Test Facility Ahead of Meeting With Trump," 7 June 2018 North Korea, ruled with an iron fist by Kim, restricts its citizens' movements, freedom of expression and access to basic essentials, as well as running what is widely considered to be an extensive and brutal system of prison camps. Ben Westcott, CNN, "From brink of war to hopes of peace: Kim Jong Un heads south for summit," 26 Apr. 2018 Over the years, the island has been a fishing village, a military site and a prison camp, holding prisoners of war during World War II's Japanese occupation of Singapore, according to the NLB of Singapore. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Singapore hotel hosting Trump-Kim summit is on secluded island with pirate ties," 7 June 2018 His parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were forced into the Japanese-American prison camps, stripped of citizenship, property, savings, and livelihoods. Peggy Orenstein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why I Took My Daughter to Auschwitz," 11 Oct. 2018 The remedy should begin with Mr. Kim releasing the inmates from his political prison camps, in order to shut down the gulag forever. Claudia Rosett, WSJ, "Only Freedom Can Disarm Kim," 31 May 2018 The 61-year-old was serving his time at a minimum security prison camp in Pennsylvania before being transferred to a halfway house in January. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: As alcoholism fells another congressman, a reminder that no one is immune to addiction," 29 May 2018 Up to 17 million people were sent to the Gulag, the notorious Soviet prison camp system, in the 1930s and 1940s, and at least 5 million of them were convicted on false testimony. Washington Post, "Russia’s Gulag museum says some prisoner data was destroyed," 8 June 2018 Truitt requested that Buncich be sent to the minimum security federal prison camp in Yankton, S.D., which is on the state's border with Nebraska. Post-Tribune, "Ex-Lake County sheriff has asked to serve 15-year sentence at one of country's '10 cushiest prisons'," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of prison camp

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of prison camp

: a camp where a large group of prisoners are kept especially during a war

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Legal Definition of prison camp

: a camp for the confinement of reasonably trustworthy prisoners usually employed on government projects

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