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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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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.
Chain gangs have ignited controversy in Alabama and have captured national attention.
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.
Because the nation's prison population is growing rapidly, the chain gangs represent only the most recent, if still highly controversial, answer to holding down costs.
VISION: An artist's impression of the planned Olympic stadium in London and, right, how a chain gang labourer might look in Community Payback uniform
Until Wisconsin came up with the idea of stun-belting the chain gangs, most wearers of the belt were people charged with violent offenses, people whom police and correctional officers, or court officials, considered security risks.
Chain gangs make a great photo opportunity for vote-conscious politicians.
Of course the real benefit is that seeing the chain gangs out and about and in the pink, might give our own wee tearaways a graphic illustration of what awaits them unless they shape up.
His chain gangs work six days a week contributing thousands of dollars of free labour to the community.