Book: Prevention and the Limits of the Criminal Law – Edited by Andrew Ashworth, Lucia Zedner and Patrick Tomlin

  • Provides a sophisticated analysis of the state’s use of coercion for the purpose of preventing harm
  • Addresses core normative questions raised by preventive measures in and on the borders of the criminal process, criminal law, and punishment
  • Cross-disciplinary approach draws together criminal law, philosophy, and criminology to examine the scope, limits, and principles of preventive justice

Exploring the principles and values that should guide and limit the state’s use of preventive techniques that involve coercion against the individual, this volume arises from a three-year study of Preventive Justice. The contributions examine whether and when preventive measures are justified, whether within or outwith the criminal law, and whether they signal a larger change in the architecture of security.

Preventive measures include controversial crime control approaches such as pre-inchoate offences, pre-trial detention, restraining orders, and prevention detention of the dangerous. There are good reasons to justify state use of coercion to protect the public from harm, but while the rationales and justifications for state punishment have been extensively explored, the scope, limits, and principles of preventive justice have not received the same attention. This volume, written by world renowned scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds and jurisdictions, redresses the balance, assessing the foundations for the range of coercive measures that states now take in the name of prevention and public protection.

Readership: Academics and scholars, practitioners, and students of criminal law, criminal justice, criminology, and preventive justice; political theorists.


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