- repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime.
- Psychiatry. the chronic tendency toward repetition of criminal or antisocial behavior patterns.
Origin of recidivism
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Examples from the Web for recidivism
Violent criminals in America have shockingly high rates of recidivism.
Recidivism is part of the social contract in this society of freedom and justice for all.
The goal is to reduce the burden of prison costs while also reducing the recidivism rate.The White House Takes Baby Steps Toward Drug Sentencing Reform
December 19, 2013
He also suggested, however, that any recidivism would be met with a yanking of support.Obama Does Delicate Dance on Historic Visit to Burma
November 19, 2012
Raising the stakes, people with these sorts of abnormal compulsions tend to have high rates of recidivism, observes Davison.Penn State Sex-Abuse Case Revives Issue of Using Chemical Castration
November 11, 2011
Every psychologist will tell you that past violent behaviour is the best predictor of future recidivism.After the Rain
The foregoing cases, while distinctly abnormal mentally, owe their recidivism to a qualitative rather than a quantitative defect.
Their recidivism is not due to an inability to distinguish between right and wrong.
In time we have come to realize that our punitive methods not only do not tend to do away with recidivism, but enhance it.
Some part of the recidivism here is undoubtedly due to the kind of occupations which a child can carry on while attending school.Child Labor in City Streets
Edward Nicholas Clopper
- habitual relapse into crime
C19: from Latin recidīvus falling back, from re- + cadere to fall
Word Origin and History for recidivism
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A tendency to lapse into a previous pattern of behavior, especially a pattern of criminal habits.
- The relapse of a disease or symptom.recidivation