recidivism was our Word of the Day on 06/02/2012. Hear the podcast!
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Recent Examples of recidivism from the Web
The bill allocated funds to ease inmate reintegration and reduce recidivism.
Only two of the companies had met their targets to reduce recidivism.
And far from being an incongruous turn in her career, Cabral sees the new job as a natural extension of her efforts to reduce recidivism and keep communities safe from crime.
Research has found evidence that prison can exacerbate, not reduce, recidivism.
Nakamura adds that programs that emphasize cognitive change for inmates, like this one, might yield better results in reducing recidivism.
More importantly, advocates say, the programs reduce recidivism.
The governor’s budget plan also includes $106 million for an existing incentive program that rewards counties for reducing recidivism.
This included working inmates and giving them one-on-one feedback on how to improve their stories as well as collaborating with other reporters to research recidivism rates in San Quentin State Prison.
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Did You Know?
Recidivism means literally "a falling back" and usually implies "into bad habits." It comes from the Latin word recidivus, which means "recurring." "Recidivus" itself came from the Latin verb recidere, which is a composite of the prefix re- and the verb "cadere" (meaning "to fall") and means "to fall back." "Recidivists" tend to relapse, or "fall back," into old habits and particularly crime. "Deciduous" and "incident" are two other English words that have roots in "cadere." "Deciduous" comes from the verb "decidere" (de- plus cadere), which means "to fall off." And "incident" comes from "incidere" ("in" plus "cadere"), which means "to fall into."
medical Definition of recidivism
- high recidivism rates after cessation of smoking
- —A. E. Kazdin et al
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