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chain gang:

see convict laborconvict labor,
work of prison inmates. Until the 19th cent., labor was introduced in prisons chiefly as punishment. Such work is now considered a necessary part of the rehabilitation of the criminal; it is also used to keep discipline and reduce the costs of prison maintenance.
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chain gang

US a group of convicted prisoners chained together, usually while doing hard labour
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Actually, beginning with George Washington Cable's The Silent South in 1885, numerous books and essays described the conditions on Southern chain gangs and called for change, including a spate of essays published in Harper's, New Republic, and The Nation between 1931 and 1935.
Joe too believes in the work ethic and to that end has reintroduced the good 'ol American concept of the chain gang.
Beginning with the pioneering exposes of Frank Tannenbaum, Robert Burns and John Spivak, Georgia's convict chain gang has, like its predecessor the convict lease system, been condemned as a harsh, barbaric and brutal form of oppression, with little thought given to rehabilitation.
Some 37percent of people see chain gangs as an ideal way of showing that crime does not pay.
The first inmate to wear the-belt on the Wisconsin chain gang was seventeen-year-old Clark Krueger.
Chain gangs are a reality in at least seven states, and they are imminent in several more.
Additionally, chain gangs are a useful prison management tool.
But the legal challenges haven't stopped Jones' chain gangs, where prisoners are connected by lightweight leg irons in crews of five as they dig ditches and clean up the debris along the state's highways.
The modern-day chain gangs, who will wear uniforms bearing the logo Community Payback, will also build sporting facilities for youngsters.
The idea has been compared to US chain gangs, whose members wear orange jackets to shame them publicly.
Other states make use of chain gangs to do tasks that benefit society as a whole (keeping parklands clean, removing graffiti and a host of other things).
He has housed prisoners in sweltering tents, dressed them in pink underwear and dispatched chain gangs in old-style striped uniforms to cut weeds and paint kerbs.