civil death | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction

In the criminal justice context, civil death refers to the loss of certain legal rights and privileges as a result of a criminal conviction.

This may include the right to vote, the right to hold public office, and the right to serve on a jury. Civil death may also involve the loss of certain professional licenses, such as a law or medical license. In some jurisdictions, civil death may also involve the loss of the right to own firearms or possess certain property. Civil death is a form of collateral consequence that can result from a criminal conviction and is meant to deter criminal behavior. It is important to note that civil death is distinct from criminal death, which refers to the punishment of death for certain types of crimes.

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Last Modified: 01/08/2023


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