The courts are sending people to prison for breaching the terms of antisocial behaviour orders even though their original offences, such as begging or prostitution, do not carry a prison sentence, according to a new survey.

The report on the use of antisocial behaviour orders by the probation union, Napo, also reveals that a geographical lottery is operating, with wide variations in practices around the country.
The survey shows that the number of Asbos has escalated since they were introduced in April 1999, when 104 orders were issued against individuals in the first eight months. More than 2,600 have been issued since November 2003.

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