Convicted Inmate Law and Legal Definition

A convicted inmate is a person who has been proved guilty of an offense or crime by the verdict of a court of law. They are housed in prisons. Convicted inmates are different from pre trial inmates who are legally detained but for whom the Bureau of Prison has not received the notification for conviction. Provisions relating to the custody and control of pre trial and convicted inmates differ from each other. Pursuant to 28 CFR 551.101, convicted inmate means an individual a court has found guilty of an offense punishable by law.

Convicted Inmates are denied their liberty in the interest of satisfying criminal law objectives such as punishment, deterrence, and rehabilitation of the convict [Brenneman v. Madigan, 343 F. Supp. 128, 136 (N.D. Cal. 1972)]. Therefore, convicted inmates are subject to restrictions and have to take part in correctional programs.