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A prisoner is, as the name suggests, a citizen serving a prison sentence, usually incarceration.
Human/Halfling clothing and armor:
- Top: Prison jacket
- Bottom: Prison trousers
- Footwear: Prison shoes
Youkai outfit: Prison outfit
Equipment and inventory
Skills: This occupation does not grant additional skills. At the GM's discretion, a particular prisoner's skills may be that of another occupation (e.g. whatever job they had before prison).
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Though not strictly necessary for playing the game, you are encouraged to read this section if you wish to have a better understanding of the game's universe.
In the Mazes, the term prisoner specifically refers to a citizen who has broken local laws, for which they were arrested and are being detained by the Town Security of a particular town, or by the Maze Police. From the perspective of a prisoner, the only thing that changes is whether they will be detained at a town's local jail, or one of the Police's correctional facilities.
In towns following Standard Law, prisoners are under the responsibility of the Maze Police, and rarely spend much time at the jail in the town they were arrested in; these jails instead function as temporary detainment facilities, while waiting for officers to arrive, restrain them and process them to their prison cell. The Police's treatment of prisoners is, on average, better than that of independent towns; however, Police correctional facilities have a long history of ignoring inmate-on-inmate conflicts, not providing adequate food or medical care, and generally concerning themselves only with keeping them inside, until the end of either their sentences or their lives, whichever comes first. The Police's official position on prison labor is part of the Police Code of Conduct, under the principle called Detain, Don't Enslave or DDE. Officially, the Maze Police do not approve of using inmates as unpaid workers, considering it to be tantamount to slavery and therefore against the faction's core values. There is considerable debate on whether to repeal DDE; arguments in favor of repeal claim that locking criminals up without putting them to use is a waste of resources, while arguments against repealing DDE claim that the Police must maintain a standard of prisoner treatment and that prison labor is inherently unethical.
In other towns, prisoners are entirely under the responsibility of the local Town Security, and their treatment of prisoners can vary widely. Factors such as the prisoners' age, gender, species, the gravity of their crimes, as well as the authority, discipline, and goodwill of TownSec assigned to jail duties all affect the living conditions of a prisoner in an independent town, which can be anywhere between decent conditions and extreme abuse. Certain towns use their inmates for labor; usually difficult and menial tasks and almost always unpaid. Other towns intentionally abuse their prisoners as a form of intimidation, resorting to measures such as physical or sexual violence, deprivation of food or sleep, torture, up to and including public executions.
Upon capture, a prisoner is usually stripped of all of the possessions they were carrying, from their weapons to their clothing. The confiscated equipment is rarely given back to prisoners at the end of their sentence; most of the time it is sold and the money is funneled back into the local town's budget. The confiscation and resale of prisoner gear is a significant source of revenue, and it is known that certain towns intentionally target particular people with bogus arrests for the sole purpose of confiscating and reselling their equipment; this activity is referred to as security racketeering. This practice is illegal under Standard Law and is most often practiced in independent towns of ill repute, such as towns controlled by the Yatela Crime Syndicate.
If a prisoner's sentence is about to end, an officer will typically issue a set of very basic civilian clothing for them to wear before they leave. For humans and halflings, it consists of a white T-shirt, jeans, and regular shoes. For youkai, it consists of a basic contemporary outfit.
Most prisoners are one of the three major civilized species; humans, halflings, and youkai. On very rare occasions, sapients of other species can be found as well, usually magicians and psionics. They usually receive very poor treatment regardless of where they are being detained, as Standard Law does not protect them nor do they consider them to have the same rights.