In the context of corrections, a detainee is a person who is being held in custody by a law enforcement agency or other government entity, typically while awaiting trial, deportation, or other legal proceedings.
Detainees may be held in various settings, including jails, detention centers, or other facilities specifically designed for temporary or short-term confinement. Detainees are typically not serving a sentence for a criminal conviction but rather are being held pending the outcome of legal proceedings. Detainees are often entitled to certain rights and protections under the law, such as the right to an attorney and freedom from cruel and unusual punishment. However, the specific rights and protections afforded to detainees may vary depending on the jurisdiction and the legal context.