The Ubiquity of Prevention

Andrew Ashworth & Lucia Zender, eds., Prevention and the Limits of the Criminal Law: Principles and Policies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013 Forthcoming)

Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2012-28

23 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2012  

Frederick Schauer

University of Virginia School of Law

Date Written: April 23, 2012

Abstract

In recent years, and especially in reaction to actual and perceived security threats, there has been a growing interest in so-called preventive detention or preventive punishment, and an equally growing reaction against it. And although much of the reaction is well-founded, it may at the same time be mis-targeted. Prevention, broadly speaking, pervades the law in general, and the criminal law in particular. And so does the imposition on restrictions based on probabilities and predictions. Once we understand that the law enforcement techniques often criticized for their preventive, probabilistic, and predictive character share many goals and methods with the routine operation of the criminal law, we are better situated to identify more precisely the true source of the concerns.

Suggested Citation

Schauer, Frederick, The Ubiquity of Prevention (April 23, 2012). Andrew Ashworth & Lucia Zender, eds., Prevention and the Limits of the Criminal Law: Principles and Policies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013 Forthcoming); Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2012-28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2045197

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