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.

1905–10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Encyclopedia Britannica

preventive detention

the practice of incarcerating accused individuals before trial on the assumption that their release would not be in the best interest of society-specifically, that they would be likely to commit additional crimes if they were released. Preventive detention is also used when the release of the accused is felt to be detrimental to the state's ability to carry out its investigation. In some countries the practice has been attacked as a denial of certain fundamental rights of the accused.

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Example sentences
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.
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