The Right to Security Beyond the ASBO

Peter Ramsay

in The Insecurity State

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199581061
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741005 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

The Right to Security Beyond the ASBO

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This chapter reviews the protection of a right to security by the wider criminal legislation enacted by successive New Labour governments. It includes in turn the other Civil Preventive Orders that share the form of the Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO); the Vetting and Barring Scheme (enacted by New Labour but significantly scaled back by the Coalition); various pre-inchoate offences of preparation, possession, and failure to report; three classic complete criminal offences that have acquired or moved towards a preinchoate form in recent years — fraud, theft and assault; and imprisonment for public protection, a sentencing power (largely abandoned by the Coalition). The chapter is aims simply to demonstrate that the ASBO was indeed the flagship of a fleet of measures punishing the undermining of the public's feeling of security.

Keywords: preinchoate offences; Civil Preventive Orders; Civil Preventative Orders; vetting and barring scheme; preparation offences; possession; money laundering; failure to report; Fraud Act 2006; R v Hinks

Chapter.  16716 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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