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Declan Coogan Youth Justice 2011 11: 194 DOI: 10.1177/14732254110110020603 The online version of this article can be found at: http://yjj.sagepub.com/content/11/2/194

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alongside England and Wales and in so doing makes some invaluable comparisons and contrasts in light of the differing legal systems. Nonetheless, this does raise questions about the primacy accorded to the Scottish Sheriffs’ accounts in the second section of the book in light of the markedly different approach to ASBOs adopted in Scotland, especially where young people are concerned (pp. 121–125). The Sheriffs’ accounts clearly lend support to extant concerns about net-widening (cf. Squires and Stephen, 2005) and ASBOs were deemed ‘ineffective’ and ‘irrelevant’ for young people (p. 122). The concluding section of the book raises further controversies. University lecturers might find the reiteration of Donoghue’s unsubstantiated charge of bias in teaching about ASBOs disturbing (e.g. p. 144), for example. However, the case for ASBOs is ultimately undermined by difficulties Donoghue herself…...

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