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PREVENTION OF CRIMES ACT Definition & Legal Meaning

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The statute 34 & 35 Vict. c. 112. passed for the purpose of securing a better supervision over habitual criminals. This act provides that a person who is for a second time con- victed of crime may, on his second conviction, be subjected to police supervision for a period of seven years after the expiration of the punishment awarded him. Penalties are imposed on lodging-house keepers, etc., for harboring thieves or reputed thieves. There are also provisions relating to receivers of stolen property, and dealers in old metals who purchase the same in small quantities. This act repeals the habitual criminals act of 1S69, (32 & 33 Vict. c. 99.) Brown.


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