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intr.v. re·cid·i·vat·ed, re·cid·i·vat·ing, re·cid·i·vates
To return to a previous pattern of behavior, especially criminal conduct.

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Verb1.recidivate - go back to bad behavior; "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"
retrovert, revert, turn back, regress, return - go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules"
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If the offender recidivates, the system will increase the level of control during incarceration, while still maintaining behavioral change requirements for reentry into the community.
Registration laws require that convicted sex offenders provide valid contact information to law enforcement authorities, while notification laws require that sex offender information be released to members of the public who are likely to be targeted if a sex offender recidivates (for example, neighbors and former victims).
If the acquittee fails to do so, and she recidivates, the state will hold her criminally responsible, even though she may be insane at the time of the recidivist crime.
"Whether a kid recidivates isn't affected," Rasmussen explained in an interview.
This leaves risk assessors with a choice between over-predicting risk in order to protect the public from possible reoffenders and under-predicting risk for an offender who later recidivates. Given the current accuracy of actuarial risk assessment, the choice is between too many false positives and too many false negatives.
It is perhaps to be expected that in the institutional setting the pressure for estimates of recidivates would increase to the use of `phallographs'and that the physical response obtained in response to `deviant' pictorial representations are taken as good indicators of future actual offending behaviour, together with previous offence records and measures of `psychopathy'.
If a misdeed is supposed to carry a certain penalty, why should it have any force if an ex-convict recidivates after the penalty has been paid?
When considering the offender's release from supervision, the question should not be "How can we equip this person to successfully reintegrate into society?" Rather, the corrections field should ask, "What contributions can this offender make before possibly re-offending, and what can our field do to decrease his risk of significantly harming the victim(s) when and if he recidivates?" This is a bold proposition but one that might propel corrections professionals to examine practices from a different perspective.