ASBO’s not working

ASBOS – they don’t seem to work

It certainly doesn’t come as any surprise to me to hear that  ASBO’s don’t seem to be working.

Office for National Statistics figures released this week reveal that nearly 75% of  10-14 year olds breach their Anti-social behaviour orders and many treat them as little more than a joke.

The idea of ASBO’s is understandable. It is not possible to throw a huge number of teenagers in borstal, whether for costs or other consequences. On the other hand, any penalty for serious behaviour affecting many others in a community needs to have teeth.

Is this not ultimately an issue of a a lack of respect for society and for authority … what’s wrong with bringing back some kind of national service or boot camp for these individuals ?