Definition of recidivism
: a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior; especially : relapse into criminal behavior
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Recent Examples of recidivism from the Web
Buncich said the program also will affect recidivism.
Since then, there has been greater public awareness of the challenges of reentry and the extravagant cost of having a high recidivism rate among the formerly incarcerated.
RecidivismFour of the five men prosecuted in Qatar have allegedly moved cash for al-Qaeda since the early 2000s, according to U.S. and UN statements.
Treating drug addicts could not only reduce recidivism, but could help put them on a pathway toward finding a job, Brickner said.
The program, developed in the 1990s to reduce gun violence and recidivism among ex-offenders, has had some success in at least 60 cities.
However, the state corrections department’s plan to reduce recidivism numbers in Colorado has seen its share of controversy.
There is urgency to reducing recidivism in our state.
Paley said the goal of the program is to encourage recidivism in the homeless population.
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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
: a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior high recidivism rates after cessation of smoking—A. E. Kazdin et al
Legal Definition of recidivism
: relapse into criminal behavior
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