preventive-detention

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:
1905–10

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