recidivism[ri sid′ə viz′əm]
- Recidivism is a repeated relapse, or the rate at which criminals re-offend.
When 50 percent of criminals who get out of jail are back there within a year, this is an example of a 50 percent recidivism.
habitual or chronic relapse, or tendency to relapse, esp. into crime or antisocial behavior
Origin of recidivism; from Classical Latin recidivus ; from recidere, to fall back ; from re-, back + cadere, to fall (see case) + -ism
The repeating of or returning to criminal behavior by the same offender or type of offender.
Origin of recidivismFrom recidivist, one who recidivates, from French récidiviste, from récidiver, to relapse, from Medieval Latin recidīvāre, from Latin recidīvus, falling back, from recidere, to fall back : re-, re- + cadere, to fall; see kad- in Indo-European roots.
- re·cid′i·vis′tic, re·cid′i·vous