Monday, 23 June 2008

You've Been ASBO-ed.

"Each junior AntiSocial Behaviour Order (Asbo) has cost £500,000 since their introduction four years ago, the Scottish Government has revealed. Community safety minister Fergus Ewing disclosed the cost as he unveiled a new framework to combat youth offending which will place more emphasis on early intervention and prevention."

It seems to Mr Smith there isn't a lot of point in legislating for something which costs so much to administer and which clearly is not favoured as a tool by those who have the choice of using it. Mr Smith thinks we could have made better use of the £7 million so badly spent.

Especially when judges are complaining about youths who have been found guilty of committing crimes have to be released because there isn't the resource available to keep them locked up for public protection.

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