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social cleansing

social cleansing  n.— «Noam Chomsky argues that “Mumia’s case is symbolic of something much broader…The US prison system is simply class and race war…Mumia and other prisoners are the kind of people that get assassinated...

chemical cosh

chemical cosh  n.— «These drugs can make people more manageable and less demanding. They have been implicated in the torture of prisoners in Soviet psychiatric prisons. Allegations concerning their use as the “chemical cosh”...

Katrina time

Katrina time  n.— «Defense attorneys and judges have warned for months that a constitutional crisis looms on two fronts in Louisiana: prisoners denied their right to an attorney, and prisoners denied their right to a speedy trial...

bird bath

bird bath  n.— «Other prisoners have to stand in the toilet stalls and take what is called a prison “bird-bath,” using a cup or an empty bottle to pour water over their heads from several small sinks that line the wall of the...

shit-up

shit-up  n.— «Then again, officers working with prisoners who are carrying out a dirty protest (it’s known as a “s***-up” in prison parlance) do get an extra tenner a day for putting up with it.» —“Porridge leaves a bad...

hot bed

hot bed  v. phr.— «While prisoners are out, their cells will be given to other inmates in what is called “hot bedding.” That will allow prison bosses to increase the total number of inmates in the country’s two open prisons...