at government expense
   in prison
   The expression is not used for the provision for politicians, public employees, soldiers, and others maintained from the public purse:
    ... because a black guy built like the Bonaventure Hotel is likely to have done his long stint of muscle-building at government expense. (Deighton, 1993/2 — describing an ex-convict)

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