penal colony


penal colony
A colonial territory used (mainly) for the detention and forced labor of deportees, typically where free labor is desperately scarce.

Entire countries started as penal colonies, such as French Guyana.


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  • penal colony — index penitentiary, prison Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Penal colony — Epigraphy in honour of a prisoner in the Australian penal colony of Botany Bay. A penal colony is a settlement used to exile prisoners and separate them from the general populace by placing them in a remote location, often an island or distant… …   Wikipedia

  • penal colony — Distant or overseas settlement established to punish criminals with forced labour and isolation from society. Such colonies were developed mostly by the English, French, and Russians. Britain sent criminals to its American colonies until the… …   Universalium

  • penal colony — noun a penal institution where prisoners are exiled (often located on an island from which escape is difficult or impossible) • Hypernyms: ↑penal institution, ↑penal facility …   Useful english dictionary

  • penal colony — Synonyms and related words: POW camp, bastille, black hole, borstal, borstal institution, bridewell, brig, cell, concentration camp, condemned cell, death cell, death house, death row, detention camp, federal prison, forced labor camp, gaol,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • penal colony — /ˈpinəl kɒləni/ (say peenuhl koluhnee) noun History a colony founded to receive convicts and established in part through convict labour …   Australian English dictionary

  • penal colony — n. location where convicts are sent to serve out their sentence (e.g. Australia or the state of Georgia, U.S.A. when they were under the British Empire) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Mettray Penal Colony — Mettray Penal Colony, situated in the small village of Mettray, in the French département of Indre et Loire, just north of the city of Tours, was a private reformatory, without walls, opened in 1840 for the rehabilitation of young male… …   Wikipedia

  • In the Penal Colony — (German: In der Strafkolonie ) is a short story in German by Franz Kafka. It is set in an unnamed penal colony. Some commentators have suggested Octave Mirbeau s The Torture Garden as an influence.Fact|date=February 2007 As in some of Kafka s… …   Wikipedia

  • Penal — Pe nal, a. [L. poenalis, fr. poena punishment: cf. F. p[ e]nal. See {Pain}.] Of or pertaining to punishment, to penalties, or to crimes and offenses; pertaining to criminal jurisprudence: as: (a) Enacting or threatening punishment; as, a penal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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