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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"Third, significant changes in other sentencing laws have caused the habitual criminal statute to operate more harshly today than it has in the past.
"We had asked all the police stations to provide a list of habitual criminals and history- sheeters.
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.
A HABITUAL criminal with 127 convictions on his record has been jailed for four years after being found guilty of drug dealing.
Bunker, who was 71, was a habitual criminal in his youth, but turned his life around by learning to write in prison and then turning his experiences into successful crime novels.
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." He reflected, "Until you are shocked by a piercing alarm in the middle of the night and met in your kitchen by a masked invader as your children shudder in their beds, until you confront that very real nightmare, please don't suggest that some village trustee knows better and ...
A HABITUAL criminal was so desperate to go back to prison after a festive season break he begged police to arrest him.
The term "sociopath" emerged in 1930 when it was determined as a "social rather than a mental maladjustment." In 1952, the American Psychiatric Association classified these individuals as "habitual criminal offenders who fail to learn from experience." The definition went on to cite the need for immediate gratification and that the criminal component was vital.
He said the suspect was a habitual criminal as had also sexually assaulted many other children in the area.
The arrested accused was stated to be involved in several cases of robberies and habitual criminal.Police also claimed to have recovered a TT pistol with rounds, cash and snatched mobile phones from his possession.
The arrested accused was stated to be involved in several cases of robberies and habitual criminal. Police also claimed to have recovered a TT pistol with rounds, cash and snatched mobile phones from his possession.
Focus: Statutory Interpretation Armed Habitual Criminal Spencer Riley was acquitted of first-degree murder by an Illinois jury, but he later was convicted at a bench trial of being an armed habitual criminal.