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Recidivism and Short Term Inmates (2002)

“The definition of recidivism varies depending on the manner in which researchers measure it. Generally, however, recidivism is understood to be a falling back or relapse into prior criminal habits, especially after punishment. Short term inmates in Canada are defined as adult offenders sentenced to provincial custody for a period of two years less a day. By definition, both young offenders and adult offenders serving community based sentences are excluded from this analysis.”

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