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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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Freedom from Fear

Freedom from Fear

(p.54) 3 Freedom from Fear
The Insecurity State

Peter Ramsay

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers what is distinctive about the Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) by comparing it with Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986. It shows that the ASBO penalizes not individual acts that fail to reassure but any manifestation of a disposition to do so by showing that the ASBO imposes a subtle positive obligation of active citizenship and marks those who fail to fulfil this obligation as a second-class citizen by the reduction of their civil rights; by reviewing the controversy over the ASBO's procedure in order to demonstrate that the ASBO protects a right to freedom from fear; by demonstrating that the Coalition government's proposed reforms to the ASBO impose the same substantive liability as an ASBO; and also by explaining why the ASBO's protection of freedom from fear can be described as a right to security.

Keywords:   Anti-Social Behaviour Order, ASBO, freedom from fear, right to security, active citizenship, Public Order Act 1986, Section 5, Criminal Behaviour Order, Crime Prevention Injunction

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