noun[mass noun] Law
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.
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