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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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 Unguarded remarks about the leader or one of his predecessors may lead to banishment from Pyongyang or, in more egregious cases, being carted off to a prison camp—sometimes with one’s family in tow. The Economist, "What life is like for ordinary North Koreans," 26 May 2018 The announcement comes just hours after Trump welcomed three Americans home from North Korea where they were detained in the country’s brutal prison camps. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Meeting With Kim Jong-un Set for June 12 in Singapore," 10 May 2018 While guiding two British pilots toward freedom, La Rochefoucauld was arrested by Spanish police agents and sent to a prison camp. Alan Furst, New York Times, "One of the Men Who ‘Set Europe Ablaze’," 2 Feb. 2018 Those children are not sent to prison camps to lie on concrete floors. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Melania Trump's jacket can't distract us from what's really important," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of prison camp

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prison camp was in 1864

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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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