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2.
When a parolee does not check in with his parole officer or abide by the conditions of his parole and is sent back to prison over and over as a result.
Johnny has been incarcerated five times in five years this is called recidivism.
by Jamie Pheloney April 09, 2005
 
1.
1. repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime.
2. Psychiatry. the chronic tendency toward repetition of criminal or antisocial behavior patterns.
a repeated offender of grand theft auto and drug user, ---- is one example of recidivism, he has repeated and fallen back to his old ways.
by ca619 May 26, 2007