chain gang

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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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He was caught, tried, and convicted of horse stealing and sentenced to the chaingang (Du Bois, 1904, pp.
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