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first offender

a person convicted of a criminal offence for the first time. Many systems impose a lesser punishment and try to avoid imprisonment lest the offender become worse in such an ‘academy of crime’; others prefer a ‘short sharp shock’ to discourage re-offending before the offender has become a hardened offender.
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First offenders are likely to drive drunk again unless stopped.
These findings show that most first offenders have committed the crime of drunk driving before, tend to drive at high levels of intoxication, are usually problem drinkers or alcoholics, and will in all probability continue to drive drunk.
Specific findings include: a 77 percent decrease in recidivism among interlocked first offenders in West Virginia (Tippets and Voas, 1997), an 80 percent reduction in recidivism among interlocked first offenders in Quebec (Vezina, 2002), and a 95 percent reduction in recidivism among interlocked first offenders in Alberta (Voas, et al, 1999).
In New Mexico, sentences including mandatory ignition interlock use for first offenders increased dramatically after MADD New Mexico shared observational data with court officials.
However, the peer court study does not serve as a call for more severe intervention among low-risk first offenders, Wagner said.
Depicting the First Offender Profile Against AF JROTC Cadets Norm (N=308 Cadets, & N=60 First Offenders)
The data contained in Table 5 depicts the reliability for all part scores on SELF for the combined group of Cadets and First Offenders. It is based on a Pearson r using the traditional Spearman/Brown correction formula.
The first offender group was comprised of 60 male prisoners ranging in age from 16 to 61 years, with a mean age of 25.23, and with a standard deviation of 8.51 years.
The data in Table 2 below shows a multiple linear regression analysis using a constant, where part scores in concert were correlated with membership in either the Cadet or First Offender group.
The judge told the first offender: "I have read the background reports which I would describe as admirable.