Definition of prisoner of state in English:

prisoner of state

(also state prisoner)


  • A person confined on the authority of the state for political reasons.

    • ‘It was a fate suffered both by the state prisoners, who were felons, and by county misdemeanants.’
    • ‘In his desire to survive as a ‘state prisoner’ as Tom Sawyer defines Jim's role while the boys plan his escape from the Phelps' farm- Jim relies on the spirit world to chart his path into the unknown world of freedom.’
    • ‘That was why the Bastille was such a powerful symbol - it was where unnamed state prisoners could be confined without trial, under the notorious lettres de cachet, sealed warrants signed by the king and revocable only by him.’
    • ‘An armed robber writes to a childhood girlfriend from his condemned cell on the eve of execution, connecting his plight to that of all the other prisoners of state, inside and out, condemned to lives of compromise.’
    • ‘Although black state prisoners also engaged in other forms of penal labor (mainly farming), no white convicts appeared in state convict road gangs until about 1948.’
    • ‘Recent information on prison releasees shows that 66% of state prisoners were released to counties that contain the central city of a metropolitan area.’
    • ‘Since at least the mid-70s, the Court has been split over what the role of the federal courts is in habeas cases for state prisoners.’
    • ‘He was incarcerated, at first as a spy, then as a ‘prisoner of state’, and eventually as a hostage.’
    • ‘He also argued that the Tower was ‘the best if not the only good place of security’ for state prisoners, although few were held there.’
    • ‘The leasing of county and state prisoners to mines and industrial corporations became a money-making operation that benefited the financial interests of the state.’
    • ‘A parallel breakdown by type of offense is not available on a national basis, and the Massachusetts numbers exclude some less serious county level prisoners that might be reflected as state prisoners in other states.’
    • ‘From 149 state prisoners in 1989 to nearly 600 women today, the majority of these women have had one or more children by the time they get locked up.’
    • ‘Historically, the relief valve for state prisoners was the federal courts.’
    • ‘One in every 11 federal and state prisoners now carries a life sentence.’
    • ‘Four years later, he was elected president of his country, ascending like Walesa and Havel from prisoner of state to head of state.’
    • ‘Close to 600 miles southeast of Florence, the dying oil town of Pecos, in the remote West Texas county of Reeves, is praying that the GEO Group can bring 800 state prisoners from Arizona to town.’
    • ‘Originally, the State Board of Administration hoped to have three thousand state prisoners employed on the roads, but the numbers were normally considerably smaller.’
    • ‘Together, African Americans and Latinos constituted 75 percent of state prisoners serving at least one year for a drug-related offense in 2001.’
    • ‘I'd heard this claim before, so I decided to look this up - and it turns out that, at least as of 1997, 24% of the federal and state prisoners had drug offenses listed as their most serious offense.’
    • ‘More than three out of four drug users are white, according to government data, but three out of four state prisoners convicted of drug offenses are black and Latino.’