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Recent Examples of recidivism from the Web
Maryland has done an admirable job of reducing recidivism — the rate at which former inmates return to prison within three years of their release.
Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Jennifer Gabris said the recidivism rate for defendants who go through Operation Streamline was about 8 percent in the 2016 fiscal year.
Most importantly, the cuts will impact recidivism rates, the ICCA says.
And some experts believe voting helps convicted felons to reintegrate themselves into civic life; rates of recidivism seem to be lower among those who vote, though the non-random nature of who is granted clemency may explain that effect.
These programs give nonviolent defendants an alternative to jail and significantly reduce recidivism rates.
The Lancaster model, called an intensive care-management program, has a recidivism rate of just 15 percent among former inmates who participate.
Among those who were formerly incarcerated, only 40 percent relapse, compared to the state’s 65 percent recidivism rate.
My focus is to find more effective ways to reduce recidivism while creating a safe environment for our employees.
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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."
First Known Use of recidivism
medical Definition of recidivism
- high recidivism rates after cessation of smoking
- —A. E. Kazdin et al
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