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Institutional ContextPlay
Used specifically for people living in controlled environments like prisons or psychiatric hospitals. SlideThe new reform program aims to rehabilitate inmates.
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Not for JuvenilePlay
'Inmate' usually refers to adults; for minors in detention, 'juvenile detainee' is used. SlideThe facility was exclusive to adult inmates, with separate centers for juveniles.
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Negative ConnotationPlay
May carry a stigma, suggesting a person has committed a crime or has a mental illness. SlideHe struggled to find a job as an ex-inmate.