Sociologists are interested in how government policy can impact on crime prevention and control. ASBOs (Anti-social behaviour orders) were introduced in 2003 to help to limit and control deviant individuals who had engaged in anti-social behaviour. These powers included putting a curfew on an individual and banning them from certain locations. In 2014 the Anti-social behaviour, Crime and Policing Act came into action replacing ASBOs with broader powers including injunctions, criminal behaviour orders, powers of dispersal of groups within local spaces and the closure of premises where anti-social or criminal behaviour is witnessed.

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