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A preventive State (also a preventative State) is a type of sovereign state or policy enacted by a state in which people deemed potentially dangerous are apprehended before being able to commit a crime.[1] As opposed to a punitive method, under which criminals are punished for their actions, a preventive policy seeks to stop people from being able to carry out crime.[2] Several countries have deployed preventive measures as a means of Anti-terrorism in the wake of terrorist attacks; preventive measures can include intelligence gathering, detention and interrogation.[3] Such extreme measures have raised serious concerns about liberty and freedom in modern societies.


  1. Social Science Research Network '...the paradigm of governmental social control has shifted from solving and punishing crimes that have been committed, to identifying "dangerous" people and depriving them of their liberty before they can do harm.'
  2. BNET Articles United Kingdom
  3. Big Think

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