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preemptive arrest

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Definition of preemptive arrest

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A preemptive arrest is one in which a person is arrested prior to committing a crime. Preemptive arrests are sometimes viewed with suspicion as being contrary to the principles of a democracy. In the United States federal system, conspiracy to commit a crime in itself constitutes a crime, so an arrest for it would not be preemptive.

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