habitual offender

person who frequently has been convicted of criminal behaviour and is presumed to be a danger to society. In an attempt to protect society from such ... [1 related articles]
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Habitual offender

A habitual offender is a person who is convicted of a new crime, who was previously convicted of a crime(s). Various state and jurisdictions may have laws targeting habitual offenders, and specifically providing for enhanced or exemplary punishments or other sanctions. They are designed to counter criminal recidivism by physical incapacitation via...
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