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preventive detention

noun
1.
the holding of someone in jail or in an institution because he or she is regarded as a danger to the community.
2.
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
1905-1910
1905-10
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  • They also see to it that the criminal is held in preventive detention, if necessary, before trial.

    Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Identification cards of prisoners or persons held in preventive detention are withheld from them.

    Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

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