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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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 The court previously convicted Khmer Rouge internal security commander Kaing Guek Eav, or Comrade Duch, to life in prison for his role in running the S-21 prison camp, where thousands of prisoners were tortured and executed. James Hookway, WSJ, "U.N. Tribunal for First Time Finds Former Khmer Rouge Leaders Guilty of Genocide," 16 Nov. 2018 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

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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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