recidivism

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recidivism

 [re-sid´ĭ-vizm]
a tendency to relapse into a previous condition, disease, or pattern of behavior, particularly a return to criminal behavior.

re·cid·i·vism

(rē-sid'i-vizm),
The tendency of a person toward recidivation.
[L. recidivus, recurring]

recidivism

/re·cid·i·vism/ (re-sid´ĭ-vizm) a tendency to relapse, particularly a return to criminal behavior.

recidivism (recid)

[risid′iviz′əm]
Etymology: L, recidivus, falling back
a tendency by an ill person to relapse or return to a hospital.

re·cid·i·vism

, recidivity (rĕ-sidi-vizm, -si-divi-tē)
A tendency toward recidivation.
[L. recidivus, recurring]

recidivism (rəsid´əviz´əm),

n 1. the tendency for an ill person to relapse or return to the hospital.
n 2. the return to a life of crime after a conviction and sentence.
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DNA evidence helped to catch serial offenders whose extensive criminal history warranted a long prison term (either standing alone or as a result of the filing of habitual criminal charges).
If a judge grants prosecutors' request to have him declared a habitual criminal, Mack would face a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.
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He told Edwards, who was arrested in Llangollen fast asleep in a car: "You are a habitual criminal no doubt stealing and committing burglaries to acquire valuable items to fund a drugs habit.
Brian was a habitual criminal - a recidivist is the official label of such a person - and at the age of 55 he had become so bitter at the world and even at himself.
A HEROIC dad has been praised for his brave have-a-go hero actions which led to a habitual criminal being put behind bars.
In his defence the habitual criminal blamed money worries for his crimes.
A habitual criminal on the other hand may spend on and off 20 years of his adult life in prison and just happen to be out on most occasions when there is an election.
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