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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People accused of political crimes are arrested and sentenced to prison camps without a trial, while their families are often kept in the dark about their whereabouts., "Atrocities under Kim Jong Un: Indoctrination, prison gulags, executions," 13 June 2018 This must have been disconcerting for drivers in the route’s early, wartime years, when Japantown ceased to be Japantown after the government rounded up its Japanese American residents and sent them off to prison camps. Gary Kamiya,, "San Francisco scenic treasure that locals overlook," 28 June 2019 The plane didn’t have Red Cross markings or anything, so she got shot at, was in a prison camp in the Philippines for three years. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Say goodbye to a Santa Anita meet you'll never forget," 24 June 2019 To lavish this acclaim on Kim, Trump had to ignore Pyongyang’s record of cruelty, vast prison camps, hostage-taking of Americans, and assassinations. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, "What Happened in Hanoi?," 18 Apr. 2019 Manafort previously had been serving time for federal crimes at the minimum security prison camp at the U.S. Penitentiary at Canaan Township in Pennsylvania. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Manafort moved to facility that used to hold El Chapo," 18 June 2019 The report covering 2017 also highlighted other U.S. concerns about religious freedom abroad: — Some 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners are being held in prison camps in North Korea, some for religious reasons. Washington Post, "US report: Ethnic cleansing of Rohingya persists in Myanmar," 31 May 2018 Another indelible character is Navy Chief Gunner's Mate James Delaney, who survived capture by a German U-boat and a year in a German prison camp. Ray Locker, USA TODAY, "Gripping 'The Unknowns' follows WWI heroes who buried the Unknown Soldier," 21 May 2018 The protagonist of this painfully evocative story was born in one of North Korea’s gargantuan political-prison camps. Neal Bascomb, WSJ, "Five Best: Neal Bascomb," 18 Oct. 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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