A type of deterrence based on the idea that the only way to prevent criminals from offending again is to remove them from society.
A strategy of punishment associated with positivist approaches to criminology. Sick offenders are removed from society (institutionalized or imprisoned) if they cannot be cured and rehabilitated, in order to protect society from harm. See also Deterrence and Retribution.
Added - 09 Thu March 2006 Incapacitation menas to physically remove dangerous criminals so that they cannot harm society.