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recidivist

 [re-sid´ĭ-vist]
a person who tends to relapse, especially one who tends to return to criminal habits after treatment or punishment.

re·cid·i·vist

(rē-sid'i-vist),
A person who tends toward recidivation.

re·cid·i·vist

(rĕ-sid'i-vist)
A person who tends toward recidivation.

recidivist

(rē-sĭd′ĭ-vĭst)
1. A confirmed criminal.
2. A patient, esp. one with mental illness, who has repeated relapses into behavior marked by antisocial acts.
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Also, DUI recidivists are distinguished from non-recidivist offenders by an increased propensity for family histories of alcohol-and other drug-related problems.
1999) only partly support the hypothesis that recidivists would show a higher rate of the theoretically expected PEN profile than nonrecidivists.
1 (2002) (omitting shoplifting from the list of crimes that trigger extended sentences for recidivists under the United States Sentencing Guidelines)).
However, as Ashworth points out, the failure by the courts to set any precise ceilings or give an indication regarding the extent of deductions that should be made for previous good record,(26) means that in practice prior convictions have a far more important bearing on sentence: "the plasticity of `ceilings' enables the courts handing down sentences to declare that progressive loss of mitigation is the principle, while handing down sentences on recidivists which veer towards the cumulative principle.
As O'Brien argues, recidivists were "Wise in prison ways, they knew most about power and survival in the institution.
There was a problem: the large crowds brought their share of ne'er-do-wells and recidivists so that racedays soon became synonymous with petty crime.
A national debate on issues surrounding inmate reentry officially began last October during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security titled "Federal Offender Reentry and Protecting Children and Criminal Recidivists.
I have had many letters from recidivists angry at what they saw as undue leniency when their offences began, blaming it for their gradual descent into misery.
By 2000, 30 per cent of the 26,766 cases were down to 785 recidivists.
Nevertheless, the vast majority of crime in this country is still committed by a small minority of youths, drug addicts and recidivists who do not, so far, tote guns.
Four Georgia state prisoners who were convicted as recidivists brought a [sections] 1983 action challenging the retroactive application of a recidivist statute by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.