recidivism

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recidivism:

see criminologycriminology,
the study of crime, society's response to it, and its prevention, including examination of the environmental, hereditary, or psychological causes of crime, modes of criminal investigation and conviction, and the efficacy of punishment or correction (see prison) as
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recidivism

habitual relapse into crime
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a provision under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 under which habitual criminals can be disqualified from holding a driving licence, but it is not being used.
Under the state's habitual criminal law, a person accused of a felony who has previously been twice convicted of a crime and sentenced to at least three years in prison must receive the maximum allowable sentence if found guilty of the new charge.
Dina was convicted at trial and was sentenced as a habitual criminal to a 36-year sentence.
Imprisonment may be the best response to the habitual criminal, but we cannot reliably predict which offenders are most likely to continue criminal careers.
DeMar asserted: "If my actions have spared only one family from the distress and trauma that this habitual criminal [Billings] has caused hundreds of others, then I have served my civic duty and taken one evil creature off of our streets, something that our impotent criminal justice system had failed to do, despite some thirty-odd arrests, plea bargains and suspended sentences.
If not, the prosecutor would indict him under the state's Habitual Criminal Act.
I would like to see a scheme which will prevent a claim by a habitual criminal.
In 1928 the white petitioners for the release of Willie R argued that he "was not an habitual criminal.
A HABITUAL criminal was so desperate to go back to prison after a festive season break he begged police to arrest him.
The habitual criminal was, at best, a pest to virtually everyone.
To let society tell it, Coy Pugh was fated to become a habitual criminal, destined to squander away his life spinning through the penal system's revolving doors.