- "WARNING: HITCHHIKERS MAY BE ESCAPED CONVICTS."
- — The Superintendent
A convict, also called a prisoner, is an individual imprisoned and deprived of personal freedoms after being found guilty of a crime by some form of authority. Individuals can be imprisoned for various reasons ranging from minor violations like theft to major crimes such as murder, piracy, terrorism, and treason. Convicts are incarcerated by their own peers unlike prisoners of war, who are combatants imprisoned by enemies forces following an armed conflict. While in captivity, prisoners are typically fitted with physical restraints. Both human and Covenant often send their convicted criminals on prison ships to distant labor and correctional facilities, known as penal colonies. Aboard military bases, vessels or space stations, prisoners are detained in a holding jail called a Brig.
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During the Human-Covenant War, UNSC humans could be punished with life imprisonment or execution if they violated the Cole Protocol. Human convicts would have prison barcodes tattooed onto their arms and would also be implanted with a tracking chip.
The Covenant Empire was known to incarcerate convicted client species in High Charity and in other detention facilities, where they were often tortured and disposed of. In some cases, Sangheili or Jiralhanae guards disposed of criminals by feeding them to Kig-Yar convicts, who would eat their victims alive.
Covenant cells and prisons are seemingly segregated by race. One such penitentiary, called Weeping Shadows of Sorrow, detained only Sangheili convicts. It was at this very facility where Ripa 'Moramee was incarcerated after being found guilty of staging a coup against his clan's Kaidon. 'Moramee's sentence was annulled when he was appointed Arbiter by the Prophet of Regret.
Although not seemingly convicted of any crimes, the Unmutuals, asocial Yanmee'e who suffered from personality disorders, were sentenced to work to death in penal colonies operated by Mgalekgolo and Kig-Yar guards.
In addition, disgraced warriors found by the High Council to be guilty of heresy would be publicly tortured and branded with the Mark of Shame, only to be sentenced to death soon after. This fate awaited Supreme Commander Thel 'Vadamee following his defeat at Installation 04. The terms of his execution were left in the hands of the Hierarchs, who overruled the council and allowed 'Vadamee to redeem himself by becoming the next Arbiter.
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As an act of penance, Forerunners who had committed crimes could volunteer to be reformed and serve the Juridical rate as evidence-gathering agents. Those who did had their biological bodies reduced to a shriveled form and encased in a mechanical carapace. They were stripped of their individuality and personhood, becoming a collective entity committed to investigating criminal actions by citizens of the Ecumene. Security spires, large suspended detention centers, were utilized by Forerunner to contain or isolate dangerous beings.
List of notable prisoners
- Benjamin Giraud - Conspired against the Office of Naval Intelligence in 2558. Currently detained in Cube B-349 at Midnight Facility.
- Catherine Halsey - Arrested for committing treacherous actions in 2552. Formerly an escaped fugitive in the custody of Jul 'Mdama.
- Daniel Clayton - Incarcerated for treason against the UNSC after attempting to destroy the UNSC Infinity. Currently detained at Midnight Facility.
- George Crispin - Imprisoned aboard the Mona Lisa in 2552 for some unknown criminal offense.
- Irena Magnusson - Detained at Midnight Facility for failing to prevent Jul 'Mdama from escaping Trevelyan in 2553.
- John Doe - Imprisoned aboard the Mona Lisa in 2552 for some unknown criminal offense.
- John Forge - Imprisoned at least twice, once for insubordination and once for assaulting a superior officer in 2530.
- Michael Crespo - Incarcerated for treason against the UNSC in 2555.
- Patrick Rimmer - Imprisoned aboard the Mona Lisa in 2552 after being found guilty of fencing stolen goods.
- Petra Janecek - picked up by ONI in 2558 for conspiring with Benjamin Giraud
- Ripa 'Moramee - Incarcerated in Weeping Shadows of Sorrow after a failed coup on his Kaidon, was released and appointment to the rank of Arbiter by the Hierarchs.
- Sali 'Nyon - Formerly imprisoned by Jul 'Mdama after a failed coup on Aktis IV.
- Thel 'Vadam - Imprisoned for heresy after failing to protect Halo Installation 04, was spared from execution and appointment to the rank of Arbiter.
Ripa 'Moramee is convicted of heinous crimes.
List of appearances
- Halo 2 (First appearance)
- Halo Wars: Genesis
- Halo Wars
- Halo 3: ODST (Mentioned only)
- Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe
- Halo 4
- Halo: Broken Circle
- Halo 2: Anniversary
- Halo: Escalation
- Halo: New Blood
- Hunt the Truth
- Halo: Last Light (Mentioned only)
- Halo Encyclopedia, page 294
- Halo Wars: Genesis
- Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, "The Mona Lisa"
- Halo 2, campaign level, The Arbiter
- Halo Wars: Genesis
- Halo Wars Timeline Events
- Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, "Blunt Instruments"
- Halo: Silentium, page 24
- Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, multiplayer map Solitary