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In other cases, being sentenced to a prison planet is expected to be a one-way trip -- if convicted, you are landed there via shuttle, but you are never supposed to leave the planet's surface again. but on other occasions, the authorities just turn you loose in the woods and then let you fend for yourself, sink or swim!
(That last approach makes a bit more sense if no other spacefaring civilizations are known to exist, anywhere in the galaxy, and thus nobody back at headquarters is terribly worried about alien conquerors discovering, and then interrogating or recruiting, the prisoner population.) All of the above variations can qualify as "prison planets" for my purposes.
For that matter, since I'm asking where the concept began, I could even accept an old story which just had a few lines of dialogue referring to the But none of those characters had been dumped on those islands by government order after being convicted of felonies back in their homelands; they just suffered from sheer bad luck.
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