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Assessing the use and impact of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders

Assessing the use and impact of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders

Roger Matthews
Helen Easton
Daniel Briggs
Ken Pease
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    Assessing the use and impact of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders
    Book Description:

    Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) have become the main sanction for dealing with anti-social behaviour in the UK. This book provides one of the first assessments of this sanction, which has become widely used but remains extremely controversial. The report is based on detailed interviews with ASBO recipients, practitioners and community representatives in areas affected by anti-social behaviour. Examining its use and impact from these various perspectives, the book assesses the effects of ASBOs on the behaviour and attitudes of recipients as well as examining the various issues which arise in relation to their implementation. The report should be read by academics and students who want to make sense of ASBOs, practitioners who are involved in implementing them as well as policy makers who are responsible for designing this sanction. It will also be of interest to all those who have an interest in addressing the issue of anti-social behaviour.

    eISBN: 978-1-84742-302-3
    Subjects: Sociology

Table of Contents

  1. 1 Introduction
    (pp. 1-10)

    The initial deployment of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) following the passing of the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act was much slower than anticipated. This was mainly attributed to a lack of familiarity with their use, the time and costs involved in processing cases and the uncertainty about their effects (Burney, 2002). Over the past few years, the number of ASBOs issued has grown rapidly (see Figure 1.1) and although there are considerable regional variations, the number of ASBOs reported to the Home Office by all courts in England and Wales up to the end of June 2005 was 6,497.


  2. 2 Views from agencies
    (pp. 11-28)

    The research looked at the operation, views and experiences of the relevant agencies in selecting and processing Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) cases. Its aim was to identify both the conceptual and practical issues that have arisen in different locations and in different agencies.

    The findings are summarised under the following headings:

    Variations in attitudes and experience in different boroughs

    Interagency partnership and cooperation

    Criteria for selecting and processing cases

    The problem of definition

    The shift from ASBOs to CRASBOs

    Formulating the conditions for ASBOs

    The provision of support and welfare services

    The use of ASBOs in relation to ABCs and...

  3. 3 The impact on offenders
    (pp. 29-54)

    The research examined the impact of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) on a range of offenders, particularly in relation to their propensity to engage in anti-social behaviour and future offending. The frequency with which orders were breached was also investigated, as well as the impact of the order on the offender’s personal life, including their personal and family relationships. This chapter draws on the information gathered from the 38 completed cases and the 28 additional offender interviews that were undertaken.

    Our findings are summarised under the following headings:

    Offending histories

    Social, personal and psychological histories

    Attitudes towards being given an ASBO...

  4. 4 The impact on communities and victims
    (pp. 55-64)

    In order to find out how different community groups and victims felt about the effectiveness of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs), seven focus groups were conducted in communities that had been affected by high levels of antisocial behaviour and where ASBOs had been used. One of the focus groups was not directly related to specific ASBO cases, but was included in the survey to provide some insight into the attitudes of residents towards ASBOs in locations not directly affected by anti-social behaviour. Fourteen in-depth interviews with victims and complainants were also carried out. Each victim interview directly corresponds to one or...

  5. 5 Conclusion
    (pp. 65-68)

    This has been an exploratory study based on a selective sample of offenders, agencies, victims and residents. It became evident in the course of the research that these different groups tended to employ different criteria of ‘success’ in relation to the use of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs). Assessments of success tended to be made on a number of dimensions:

    bringing relief to certain neighbourhoods and groups;

    reducing the level and impact of anti-social behaviour;

    changing attitudes and motivation of offenders;

    level of breaches and their enforcement;

    reduction of different forms of anti-social behaviour in the area.

    In relation to these...