Recidivism \rih-SID-uh-viz-uhm\ noun
1. A tendency to lapse into a previous condition or pattern of behavior; especially, a falling back or relapse into prior criminal habits.
Recidivism derives from Latin recidivus, "falling back," from recidere, "to fall back," from re-, "back" + cadere, "to fall". One who relaspses or who is an incorrigible criminal is a recidivist.