Remand (detention)  

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The remand or detention of a suspect is the process of keeping a person who has been arrested in custody, normally in a remand prison, prior to a trial, conviction or sentencing. The word "remand" is used generally in common law jurisdictions to describe pre-trial detention; other legal systems use varying terms and phrases. Pre-trial detention differs fundamentally from post-adjudicatory detention, or imprisonment.

In many western-style democracies imprisonment without trial is considered to be in contradiction to the idea that a suspect is innocent until proven guilty, and for this reason pre-trial detention is usually subject to safeguards and restrictions as to its permissible duration.

Where the courts cannot be persuaded that a suspect should be remanded in custody ahead of trial - for instance in the interests of "public safety" - a suspect will be released on bail until trial (or, in some cases, sentencing).

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