Meaning of preventive detention in English:

preventive detention


mass nounLaw
  • The imprisonment of a person with the aim of preventing them from committing further offences or of maintaining public order.

    ‘The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the constitutionality of provisions authorizing preventive detention for the purpose of protecting public safety.’
    • ‘That option is administrative detention, also known as preventive detention, or internment.’
    • ‘The right of appeal is critical to any preventive detention policy, especially for U.S. citizen detainees.’
    • ‘It made it more likely that people convicted of particularly heinous offences will get preventive detention.’
    • ‘The third element is that the range of offences for which preventive detention can be imposed has been widened.’