Definition of criminalization in US English:

criminalization

(British criminalisation)

noun

  • 1The action of turning an activity into a criminal offense by making it illegal.

    ‘the criminalization of gang membership’
    1. 1.1 The action of turning someone into a criminal by making their activities illegal.
      ‘the increasing criminalization of youths’

Pronunciation

criminalization

/ˌkrɪmɪnəlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n//ˌkriminəlīˈzāSH(ə)n/