Detention (imprisonment)

Detention (Imprisonment)

Detention (imprisonment)

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Detention is the process when a state, government or citizen lawfully holds a person by removing their freedom of liberty at that time. This can be due to (pending) criminal charges being raised against the individual as part of a prosecution or to protect a person or property. Being detained does not always result in being taken to a particular area (generally called a detention centre), either for interrogation, or as punishment for a crime (see prison).

The term can also be used in reference to the holding of property, for the same reasons. The process of detainment may or may not have been preceded or followed with an arrest. The prisoners in Guantánamo Bay are for example referred to as "detainees".

Detainee is a term used by certain governments and their military to refer to individuals held in custody, such as those it does not classify and treat as either prisoners of war or suspects in criminal cases. It is used to refer to "any person captured or otherwise detained by an armed force."

The word "detainee" is from the French word "détenu" and the French verb "détenir". In French, both "détenu" and "prisonnier" mean prisoner. However, a "détenu" is a guilty person, whereas a "prisonnier" is not necessarily a guilty person;...
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