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chain gang

(US) a group of convicted prisoners chained together, usually while doing hard labour.
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Inmates who are considered escape risks or who are deemed dangerous to the public are usually kept off the chain gangs.
First, for many, chain gangs are a painful reminder of the injustices of the post-bellum South.
Usually, the chain gangs clean the streets, wipe off graffiti and bury the dead who have no one, such as the homeless.
Replacing the lease system was the public works system (a labor system under which inmates work on public construction and maintenance projects) and its well-known chain gangs.
Unfortunately, the chain gangs that emerged as replacement mechanisms were indistinguishable from the work camps in terms of their brutality and loathsomeness.
Here, the author (associate professor of literature and an affiliated faculty member of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego) argues that the incarceration of Black people and other historically repressed groups in chain gangs, peon camps, prison plantations, and penitentiaries represents a ghostly perpetuation of chattel slavery.
Constitution, and the practice of forced labor in our nation's prisons, chain gangs, prison plantations, and peon camps, arguing that the incarceration of black people and other historically repressed groups amounts to a perpetuation of chattel slavery post-emancipation.
Hard labor and hard time; Florida's "Sunshine Prison" and chain gangs.
Some Southerners responded that the scenes of baying bloodhounds and bloody whips were grossly exaggerated, that chain gangs were a reasonable and effective crime deterrent, and that the Southern penal system was of no concern to the rest of the nation.
See, if they exchanged diggers for a chain gangs, they'd also reduce gallons of carbon emissions.
Put prisoners in chain gangs to build their own prisons and perhaps we will then reclaim our streets.
In 1996 he called for criminals to be put in "distinctive uniforms" to clean up litter and graffiti like US chain gangs.