rap sheet


Definition of rap sheet 

: a police arrest record especially for an individual

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Rangel's rap sheet in Harris County dates back to the early 90s, court records show. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston DWI suspect who escaped from hospital captured 5 days later," 18 June 2018 Callaway was also cited in May for marijuana possession during a traffic stop while in the car with a man who has a lengthy rap sheet. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Who is Antonio Callaway, the Florida wide receiver drafted by the Cleveland Browns?," 28 Apr. 2018 Donhauser-Sagmoen has a lengthy rap sheet that includes a pending vehicle theft and violation of conditions of release case from March. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Life is completely not normal’: Chugiak family’s life turned upside down by burglary," 12 July 2018 That’s quite a rap sheet for an investigation that’s lasted less than half of the time that the House select committee on Benghazi existed (May 2014 to December 2016). Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Supreme Court battle overshadows bad news for Trump," 9 July 2018 Green has quite the rap sheet, according to Alachua County Circuit Court records. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "They were shopping at Publix. He was lying in wait in their backseat, cops say | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 Boatwright, of Fort Lauderdale, was already in jail for a July 5 arrest on an unrelated drug charge when detectives added a first-degree murder charge to his rap sheet. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gunman in XXXTentacion murder arrested, Sheriff’s Office says," 11 July 2018 Gebhardt and his brother-in-law were laborers at a pulp mill, but had reputations as toughs with nasty, racist streaks — and rap sheets: Gebhardt had been charged with aggravated assault several times and had spent time in a Georgia penitentiary. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A black man was murdered for dating a white woman. His killer was sentenced — 35 years later.," 27 June 2018 One effort, known as Operation LASER, which began in 2011, crunches information about past offenders over a two-year period, using technology developed by the shadowy data analysis firm Palantir, and scores individuals based on their rap sheets. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "How the LAPD Uses Data to Predict Crime," 22 May 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rap sheet

: a list kept by the police of all the times a person has been arrested

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