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chain gang

n.
A group of convicts chained together, especially for outdoor labor.
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chain gang

n
(Law) US a group of convicted prisoners chained together, usually while doing hard labour
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chain′ gang`


n.
a group of convicts chained together.
[1825–35]
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Noun1.chain gang - a gang of convicts chained togetherchain gang - a gang of convicts chained together
work party, crew, gang - an organized group of workmen
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Directly ahead of me in the chain gang was a young woman.
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.
"Chain gangs would be good and no TV or recreation.
Prisons should be places criminals don't want to return to, and if they do, it's twice the punishment like cell scrubbing, rock breaking or chain gangs litter picking road sides.
When inmates complained about prison conditions, he set up a tent city jail and started chain gangs so that they could do free work on community projects getting 28 cents per hour.
Hard labor and hard time; Florida's "Sunshine Prison" and chain gangs.
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.
Create chain gangs. Open the prison gates and let the trusties out so that they can do something to make up for the cost of keeping them fed and watered at a cost for each one at around pounds 500 a week.
Now that chain gangs have been reintroduced into the American penal system, Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder elicits an unusual poignancy with its seven men, bound together in fugue-like choreography, dreaming of freedom.