Anti-Social Behaviour Policy – Driving fast, running on empty? by Professor Peter Squires

June 2008

We entered the 21st century with concerns about rowdy and anti-social youth. Moving towards the end of the decade, communities are panicking about youth weapon carrying and violence. Crime and disorder policies have been hotly debated in the UK recently – problems spring up quickly, action is demanded and very soon a government initiative is launched. In the second part of his two-part guest series for Crimestoppers, Professor Peter Squires looks at whether ASBOs are working, and questions if failing methods of dealing with anti-social behaviour among young people has led to the violent crimes they are now being associated with.

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