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By Jonathan Herring

An enticing advent to the extra complicated writings on felony legislations, designed to supply the extra insights essential to excel within the research of the topic.
 
It offers an alternate viewpoint on reports of legal legislations, encouraging scholars to seem seriously on the matters and achieve their very own autonomous conclusions.
 
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The criminal law has limited resources and these should be focussed on the real need rather than the failings of some. He argues that the law enforcement agencies 'have their work cut out' dealing with those who actively harm others, without pursuing those who fail to make the world a happier place. He rejects Ashworth's claim that his view is individualistic. He happily accepts that social policies are needed to help those who are in need and that society has a duty to help vulnerable people. However, he does not see that this needs to include criminalizing omissions.

However, as Lamond points out there are serious crimes which do not seem to challenge the commu­ nity's identity. A murder, for example, is not obviously or necessarily an attack on the community. Or at least, although the murder may have attacked values we hold dear, the significance of that wrong seems much less than the wrong done to the victim. Further there may be activities which are far greater attacks on the sense of identity of a community than crimes, but which are not covered by the criminal law.

The starting point is likely to be the harm principle. Is not recycling a harm? Clearly it is not a direct harm to another person in the way that an assault would be. Nor even is it obviously a financial harm to others. It could be argued that the failure to recycle produces an extra cost to the state, for example by increasing the costs of land fill. However, the amounts of money involved from an individual's failure to recycle are likely to be minute. Similarly there are the harms to the envi­ ronment, although again it might be thought that the impact of any individual's failure to recycle would be very limited indeed.

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