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Encyclopedia > Prison farm

A Prison farm is a large correctional facility where hard labor convicts are put to productive use, usually for manual labor, largely in open air, such as in agriculture, logging, quarrying etcetera. Its historical equivalent on a very large scale was called a penal colony. A prison is a place in which people are confined and deprived of a range of liberties. ... Hard Labor is the eleventh album by American rock band Three Dog Night, released in 1974 (see 1974 in music). ... A Penal Colony is a colony used to detain prisoners and generally use them for penal labor in an economically underdeveloped part of the states (usually colonial) territories, and on a far larger scale then the prison farm. ...

The alternatives are indoor work (internal services, such as claening and kitchen duty, as well as various contract production) and farming out convicts to private enterprise -both within the penal servitude logic)- as well as non-productive incarceration or even electronic monitoring with a tracking device outside prison.

While the proceeds of convict production may aid the public finances (in so far as they aren't lost to additional security etcetera), the greed motive increases the risk for abuse by staff, even literally whipping detinees to enforce inhumane effort. Depending on the prevailing doctrine on judicial punishment, especially penal harm, even physical cruelty may in fact be intended. Penal harm, an intentionally harsher form of the depravation of liberty, is the belief that during custodial sentences (mainly in prison or reformatory), inmates should endure additional pain and suffering, not just having their basic rights taken away, to make the punishment deliberately harder. ...

This type of penal institution has of course mainly been implanted in rural regions of vast countries, often with a tradition of corporal punishment, such as the US (mainly southern states, as Arkansas, Mississippi) and Canada

in fiction

  • 2 movie titles (links to IMDb) : [[1]] & [[2]]

Sources and references

  • various relevant sources available on the CorPun website



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