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preventive detention

the holding of someone in jail or in an institution because he or she is regarded as a danger to the community.
English Law. imprisonment of habitual criminals for periods ranging from 5 to 14 years during which they are given corrective training or placed under psychiatric and medical care.
Origin of preventive detention
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for preventive detention
  • He recoils from the subject of preventive detention.
  • Excessively long periods of preventive detention continued to be a problem.
  • At year's end those arrested were under preventive detention, and the investigation was proceeding.
  • Prosecutors are required to include all evidence favorable to the accused in requests for preventive detention.
  • Thus, it expanded the ability of judicial officers to hold defendants in preventive detention.
  • There were no reports of preventive detention or other lengthy pretrial detention.

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