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Covert Criminalization: Examining the Use and Impact of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders in the United Kingdom

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Title: Covert Criminalization: Examining the Use and Impact of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders in the United Kingdom
Author: Price, Matthew
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy
Advisor: O'Grady, Bill
Abstract: Policies seeking to control anti-social behaviour (ASB) have received considerable attention in the U.K. for over a decade. In 1998 the British government introduced Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs), civil orders designed to prevent ASB and provide local communities with an enforcement alternative outside of those provided by the criminal justice system. While extensive research has been conducted on the application and administration of ASBOs, there has been very little empirical investigation into their overall effectiveness. Utilizing official government statistics and survey data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, this study explores the relationship between ASBOs and levels of ASB over a seven year period. The results reveal no meaningful association between the two variables. These findings supplement existing research which suggests that ASBOs, rather than fulfilling their original mandate to prevent and reduce ASB, instead act as exclusionary measures that further criminalize vulnerable and marginalized populations.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8343
Date: 2014-08
Rights: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada


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