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ASBOs vs Nutrition
1st April, 2006
Over 1,000 juvenile delinquents showed a 44 per cent drop in antisocial behaviour when put on a low sugar diet. So why is the government completely ignoring what we are feeding our children, and yet is happy to spend £2,500 on administering each ASBO?In October 2003 the UK government launched the latest offensive in its war on crime, the ‘Together Campaign’, across England and Wales – sold to the public as a tough stand against crime in the local community. The campaign manifesto emphasised the ‘wide ranging’ powers that local agencies have to keep the peace: acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs); anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs); parenting orders; injunctions; vehicle removal; mediation; diversionary schemes; preventive work; and witness protection programmes.
Like all wars, the war on crime comes with an aggressive moralistic rhetoric that sets up an adversarial dynamic ultimately more effective at preventing insight than it is at preventing crime. Methods of enforcement such as the much publicised ASBOs are appealing weapons because they represent discernable action, at least in the short term. But consider what’s happening over the longer term.
Home office figures show that more than 60 per cent of young male thugs and muggers are convicted of another offence within two years of ending their sentence. Three quarters of young male burglars and thieves also reoffend within two years. A massive 90 per cent of...
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