decarceration

noun
de·​car·​cer·​a·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌkär-sə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce decarceration (audio) \

Definition of decarceration

: release from imprisonment Early data show that crime has remained level in most cities that have released incarcerated people, and that crime rates are functionally unrelated to decarceration.— Cynthia Roseberry There is much talk of defunding the police but little of decarceration—freeing from prisons people who are locked into place because they don't have the financial wherewithal to afford the gentler and more understanding criminal justice system.— Erik Sherman also : the practice or policy of reducing the number of people subject to imprisonment Decarceration is the effort to limit the number of people who are detained behind bars, either by limiting who is sent to prison in the first place or by creating avenues to release people already in custody. — Martha Paynter et al. decarceration efforts/strategies/policies the decarceration movement

First Known Use of decarceration

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decarceration

de- + (in)carceration

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The first known use of decarceration was in 1973

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“Decarceration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decarceration. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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