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The Insecurity StateVulnerable Autonomy and the Right to Security in the Criminal Law$
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Peter Ramsay

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199581061

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199581061.001.0001

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Failure to Reassure as Public Wrong

Failure to Reassure as Public Wrong

(p.38) 2 Failure to Reassure as Public Wrong
The Insecurity State

Peter Ramsay

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides detailed analysis of the case law on the criminal offence of breach of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO). It demonstrates first, that the offence converts the conduct manifesting the unreassuring disposition that grounds liability to an ASBO from a threat to be controlled by a court order into a public wrong to be punished; and, second, that the penal wrong that the offence defines is, therefore, a wrong of dangerousness. This analysis is deployed to critique the theory that breach of ASBO is a criminal offence that serves to composite many minor offences for the purposes of punishment.

Keywords:   Anti-Social Behaviour Order, breach of ASBO, dangerousness, subjective insecurity, incapacitation, Crime and Disorder Act 1998

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