English version

preventive detention

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Jail & punishment
preventive detentionpreˌventive deˈtention noun [uncountable]  British English lawSCJ a system in which people who are guilty of many crimes are kept in prison for a long time
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preventive detentionHer order of preventive detention caused consternation among lawyers over a possible breach of civil liberties.Apart from the clearly implied step toward preventive detention, it was almost impossible not to detect an underlying racism.
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