prison camp

noun

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 heat even prompted Delaware officials to close Fort Delaware State Park, which served as a Union prison camp during the Civil War. Time, "'Oppressive and Dangerous' Heat Wave Continues in Eastern U.S.," 21 July 2019 At one point on his hourlong run at the prison camp outside Denver, Blagojevich passed a large goateed inmate and gave him a friendly wave. Brian Cassella, chicagotribune.com, "As clemency from President Trump remains a possibility, disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich goes for a jog," 11 Aug. 2019 Several survivors of life inside the prison camps told the tribunal of how they were subjected to physical examinations including blood tests, x-rays and ultrasounds, the statement said. NBC News, "China forcefully harvests organs from detainees, tribunal concludes," 18 June 2019 His mom, already with one daughter and pregnant with another, was taken to a civilian prison camp. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘I’m friendly with death’: The man killed outside Tacoma ICE detention center had a complex life," 21 July 2019 By that time, the Reds had heard about the prison camp and mass grave at Kalevankangas. Arna Bontemps Hemenway, The Atlantic, "Wolves of Karelia," 19 July 2019 Eyewitnesses claimed to have seen Earhart in a prison camp on Saipan, but physical evidence supporting their testimony is scarce. Alec Forssmann, National Geographic, "Missing! The unsolved mystery of Amelia Earhart's last flight," 1 July 2019 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. BostonGlobe.com, "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, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco scenic treasure that locals overlook," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of prison camp

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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prison camp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prison camp

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

prison camp

noun

Legal Definition of prison camp

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

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