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  1. criminalizing

    Criminalization or criminalisation, in criminology, is "the process by which behaviors and individuals are transformed into crime and criminals". Previously legal acts may be transformed into crimes by legislation or judicial decision. However, there is usually a formal presumption in the rules of statutory interpretation against the retrospective application of laws, and only the use of express words by the legislature may rebut this presumption. The power of judges to make new law and retrospectively criminalise behaviour is also discouraged. In a less overt way, where laws have not been strictly enforced, the acts prohibited by those laws may also undergo de facto criminalization through more effective or committed legal enforcement. The process of criminalization takes place through societal institutions including schools, the family, and the criminal justice system.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of criminalizing in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of criminalizing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of criminalizing in a Sentence

  1. Gabriel Salguero:

    In the midst of our collective grief, I pray we avoid criminalizing or casting collective blame on entire communities for the actions committed by one or even a small number of individuals.

  2. Janice Stein:

    It will be -- when this legislation passes -- a criminal act to support terrorism, so, that is criminalizing speech rather than behavior. That one, I bet, will be tested in the courts.

  3. Michael Zeldin:

    Criminalizing political opposition research-related activity of this type serves no criminal justice purpose, hopefully, this verdict will have a chilling impact on future prosecutions if John Durham intends to proceed using the same flawed theory of criminal liability.

  4. Claire McKinney:

    This moment in abortion politics is unprecedented, i would speculate that these policies risk larger turnout in favor of Democratic candidates for the majority of Americans who do not support criminalizing abortion.

  5. Robert Beiser:

    Over the past 18 years, we've seen tremendous advances in the ability to serve survivors, coming out of situations like that, and much more awareness of how social inequality, and even the criminal justice systems, focuses on criminalizing victims of trafficking for crimes like prostitution, rather than rather than sex buyers who have full have decision making over who they exploit.

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