Definition of detention centre in English:

detention centre


  • An institution for the short-term detention of illegal immigrants, refugees, people awaiting trial or sentence, or (formerly in the UK) young offenders.

    • ‘In Finland the reason given for the creation of a detention centre has been that immigrants should not be placed in prisons.’
    • ‘Now there are new details about a detention center within the detention center.’
    • ‘No provisions were made for these children as their parents were carted 70 miles away to a detention center to await deportation.’
    • ‘He is now is serving a two-year sentence in a detention centre in Nanchong, in Sichuan province.’
    • ‘More than 200 illegal immigrants from Haiti are now at a detention center today in Florida, awaiting processing.’
    • ‘There was also Krome Service Processing Center, an immigration detention center near Miami.’
    • ‘He was picked up at home, taken to the detention centre and is now awaiting expulsion.’
    • ‘Yet another hunger-strike by asylum seekers came to an end at the Woomera detention centre last week.’
    • ‘And we get a rare insight into life inside a management unit in a detention centre.’
    • ‘And these figures do not include their chances of being arrested and booked into jail or a detention center in the case of a juvenile.’
    • ‘Tokyo's winter felt even colder to me when I was inside the detention center, a huge structure that sits imposingly near the eastern end of the city.’
    • ‘Gao began his hunger strike on Feb.19 when he was paroled by the Taipei Prison and transferred to the detention center to await deportation.’
    • ‘He needs treatment for his stomach ulcers, which he is currently receiving in his detention centre.’
    • ‘During this angry period he committed some crimes as a result of which he was sent to a detention centre and to Borstal.’
    • ‘Dividing the second response by the first revealed the proportion of friends who had been held overnight or longer in jail or a detention center.’
    • ‘He therefore authorised the transfer of the prisoner from the detention centre to the young persons prison.’
    • ‘I spoke with him by telephone from a detention centre the day before his second Tribunal hearing.’
    • ‘But he is in detention at an immigration detention center in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture.’
    • ‘Campaign groups will gather outside Dungavel today to protest about conditions for refugees in the detention centre.’
    • ‘A few years ago, the KMT government had planned to remodel the camp as a detention center for young offenders.’
    prison, penal institution, place of detention, lock-up, place of confinement, guardhouse, correctional facility, detention centre
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