The repeal or amendment of statutes which made certain acts criminal, so that those acts no longer are crimes or subject to prosecution.
Category: Criminal Law
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. The legislature's act of amending laws to permit a previously illegal act.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   the repeal or amendment of statutes which made certain acts criminal, so that those acts no longer are crimes subject to prosecution. Many states have decriminalized certain sexual practices between consenting adults, "loitering" (hanging out without any criminal activity), or outmoded racist laws against miscegenation (marriage or cohabitation between people of different races). Currently, there is a considerable movement toward decriminalization of the use of some narcotics (particularly marijuana) by adults, on various grounds, including individual rights and contention that decriminalization would take the profit out of the drug trade by making drugs available through clinics and other legal sources.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Decriminalization — or Decriminalisation is the abolition of criminal penalties in relation to certain acts, perhaps retroactively, though perhaps regulated permits or fines might still apply (for contrast, see: Legalization). The reverse process is criminalization …   Wikipedia

  • decriminalization — 1945, from DE (Cf. de ) + CRIMINAL (Cf. criminal) + IZE (Cf. ize) + ATION (Cf. ation). Especially in reference to narcotics since c.1968 …   Etymology dictionary

  • decriminalization — (Amer.) n. act of making something legal that was formerly illegal (also decriminalisation) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • decriminalization — decriminalize (also decriminalise) ► VERB ▪ cease to treat (something) as illegal. DERIVATIVES decriminalization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • decriminalization — noun see decriminalize …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • decriminalization — See decriminalize. * * * …   Universalium

  • decriminalization — noun /diːˌkrɪmɪnəlaɪzˈeɪʃən/ The act of making a previously illegal activity no longer treatable as a criminal offence.<!but not the same as legalisation Ant: criminalization …   Wiktionary

  • decriminalization — de·crim·i·nal·iza·tion …   English syllables

  • decriminalization — See: decriminalize …   English dictionary

  • decriminalization — An official act generally accomplished by legislation, in which an act or omission, formerly criminal, is made non criminal and without punitive sanctions …   Black's law dictionary

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