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Preventive Justice

Andrew Ashworth and Lucia Zedner


States today are increasingly using criminal law or criminal law‐like tools to try to prevent or reduce the risk of anticipated future harm. Such measures include criminalizing conduct at an early stage in order to allow authorities to intervene; incapacitating suspected future wrongdoers; and imposing extended or indefinite sentences on past wrongdoers on the basis of their predicted future conduct—all in the name of public protection and security. The chief justification for the state’s use of coercion is protecting the public from harm. Although the rationales and justifications of state pu ... More

Keywords: Prevention, justice, policing, preventive measures, inchoate liability, criminal law, criminal justice, preventive detention, security, principles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712527
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712527.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Ashworth, author
Professor of English Law Emeritus, University of Oxford

Lucia Zedner, author
Professor of Criminal Justice and Conjoint Professor, University of Oxford and University of New South Wales