Law enforcement tells TMZ ... Dr. Conrad Murray has been deemed a "keep away inmate" -- which means jail officials will be taking special precautions to keep him safe during his stint behind bars.
We're told Murray will be assigned a single cell for his own protection -- and he'll also be assigned an "escort" to keep an eye on the doc wherever he goes inside the jail ... including shower time.
Officials tell us Murray will not be allowed to mingle with the general inmate population -- which is a blessing and a curse for Murray ... who will surely feel safer, but also INCREDIBLY lonely at the same time.
Dr. Conrad Murray
'Keep Away Prisoner'
11/7/2011 2:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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