To define recidivism, it is: the tendency to return to criminal behavior after being punished for the same behavior. Measurements of recidivism are not uniformly defined because of different measurements for the “criminal act” trigger can be any of:
- accusation of criminal behavior
Similarly, in measuring recidivism, one needs to define a time period within which the relapse occurs: 1 year after release, 2 years, etc.
Recidivism rates play one of the most important roles within criminal justice since they measure the system’s effectiveness in terms of the combination of rehabilitation and deterrence.
From Brainly.com answers to “Define recidivism and explain its role in the criminal justice system”:
Answer #1: Definition: the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend.
Answer #2: Recidivism is the term used for repeat criminal behavior. Through the use of statistics gathered, the criminal justice system can use the recidivism rate as an indication of the effectiveness of the criminal justice system, that is, how many individuals are returning to the criminal justice system with new offenses after being released from the system.
The role of recidivism in the criminal justice system: from GoodTherapy.org, recidivism poses a significant problem for the criminal justice system because, although punishment serves many purposes, one of its primary goals is to reduce the likelihood that a person will repeat a future criminal act. Many organizations have dedicated themselves to studying the problem of recidivism and to enacting criminal justice reforms to reduce the rate of recidivism. The cause of recidivism is complex and likely due to a combination of personal, sociological, economic, and lifestyle factors.
This article is part of a study guide for students of recidivism and aspiring criminologists.