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NCJ Number: 237139 Find in a Library
Title: Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour: Lessons From New Labour for the Coalition Government
Journal: Criminology & Criminal Justice  Volume:11  Issue:4  Dated:September 2011  Pages:283-305
Author(s): Sarah Hodgkinson; Nick Tilley
Date Published: September 2011
Page Count: 23
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article discusses the lessons learned from New Labor’s approach to tackling anti-social behavior.
Abstract: An ongoing commitment to tackling anti-social behavior was a central part of the New Labor policy agenda throughout their 13 years in government. Their policy and practice became increasingly enforcement-led with the anti-social behavior order (ASBO) at the cornerstone of their agenda. Police and local authorities came under pressure to see the ASBO, along with a whole range of other enforcement powers, as almost a panacea for tackling anti-social behavior and, in particular, youth disorder. This article draws upon the literature, the authors’ own evaluation experience and recently released statistics from the Ministry of Justice and the British Crime Survey to examine the legacy of New Labor in terms of tackling anti-social behavior. These are discussed within the context of the Coalition Government’s emerging ideas about how best to tackle anti-social behavior, including their plans to abandon the ASBO along with other enforcement measures introduced under New Labor. The authors suggest that rather than abandoning the ASBO altogether, there may be advantages to ‘rehabilitating’ the ASBO within the context of a range of more far-sighted and proactive community-based measures. The authors discuss the lessons to be learnt from New Labor’s legacy and discuss ways forward within the context of coalition government policy. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Police community relations
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Crime in foreign countries; Foreign organizations; Foreign police; Foreign policies; Police policy development; Problem behavior
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