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Origin of recidivism
OTHER WORDS FROM recidivismre·cid·i·vist, noun, adjectivere·cid·i·vis·tic, re·cid·i·vous, adjective
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What does recidivism mean?
Recidivism most commonly refers to the act of continuing to commit crimes after having been imprisoned for one and released.
In general, recidivism refers to a repeated or habitual relapse of any kind, but it is most often associated with crime and drug addiction. The verb form of recidivism is recidivate, which is synonymous with relapse. In psychology, recidivism refers to a repeated tendency to engage in crime or antisocial behavior.
Example: Statistics show that elderly people have a low recidivism rate—once released from prison, they rarely commit more crimes.
Where does recidivism come from?
The first records of recidivism come from the 1880s. It comes from the Latin recidīvus, meaning “relapsing,” from the Latin verb recid(ere), “to fall back.”
Fall back is used in many phrases related to relapsing, such as fall back into old habits and fall back into a life of crime. The word recidivism refers to the same thing but is used in a more formal and clinical way. It is especially discussed in the context of recidivism rates among convicted criminals—meaning the percentage of persons convicted and imprisoned for a crime who go on to commit another crime after their release (often called repeat offenders). Such rates are sometimes used to determine the length of prison sentences. Criminal justice reform advocates often emphasize the role of rehabilitation in reducing recidivism rates.
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What are some other forms related to recidivism?
- recidivist (noun, adjective)
- recidivistic (adjective)
- recidivous (adjective)
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How is recidivism used in real life?
Recidivism is typically used in serious contexts, especially in discussions about criminal justice.
Gov Kemp could be proactive and release thousands of elderly people from Georgia's prisons, starting now. Releasing older prisoners is incredibly low risk — the recidivism rate is ~3% — and this would dramatically reduce the stress on medical centers within prisons, AND spread.
— Hannah Riley (@hannahcrileyy) March 12, 2020
"In the two weeks following release, a prisoner’s risk of overdose is over 50 times higher than in the general population."
We should do everything we can to ensure prisoners are healthy and whole upon re-entering society, which reduces recidivism.https://t.co/waGW9eDNeS
— John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (@JHSocietySask) March 11, 2020
Really interesting article about a prison in Norway which treats inmates like humans. VERY low rate of recidivism. http://t.co/JmThkEZrPl
— Kristina Johnson (@wired2theworld) May 14, 2013
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Is recidivism used correctly in the following sentence?
This legislation is aimed at reducing the rate of recidivism among convicts who are on parole.
Example sentences from the Web for recidivism
Previous research suggests that ankle monitors do not conclusively reduce recidivism, and the technology has no history as a tool for enforcing compliance with public health orders.Covid-19 has led to a worrisome uptick in the use of electronic ankle monitors|Amy Nordrum|October 8, 2020|MIT Technology Review
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|Jamelle Bouie|December 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The state believes that re-creating some of the trappings of military life in a prison setting might reduce recidivism.From PTSD to Prison: Why Veterans Become Criminals|Matthew Wolfe|July 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He also suggested, however, that any recidivism would be met with a yanking of support.Obama Does Delicate Dance on Historic Visit to Burma|Lennox Samuels|November 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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
The detailed study of criminal heredity and of criminal habit, or recidivism, scarcely forms part of criminal anthropology.The Criminal|Havelock Ellis