Learn English – What would you call a former criminal who has been released from prison


What do you call a former criminal who has served their sentence and been released from prison?

I thought of “convicted criminal”, but that might imply the person is still a criminal and/or serving a sentence.

  • Does “convicted criminal” fit this definition?
  • Are there other–better–words that are more accurate?

Best Answer

There are numerous terms used in the US, including

  • ex-convict
  • ex-con
  • former convict
  • ex-felon
  • parolee
  • probationer

Several of these convey particular criteria (such as probationer).