The sufficiency of law is not judged so much by its ability to effectively define activity as illicit and punish those who transgress, but by its success, through the process of declaration, to eradicate the conduct entirely. This represents something significantly more intrusive than mere behavior control. This shift expresses the triumph of law as an instrument of the control of the internal dimensions of the individual. IFor law is now meant to aid in the formation and control of thought and belief as well as the actions that underlie these. And quite ironically, as now recast, law now (re)emerged as the newest branch of the field of medicine (fore the rationalist/humanist) or theology (for the rest).
Recent scandals and media coverage of abuses, all in violation of law as expressly set out in statutes, regulations and judicial opinion, legal provisions, have focused less on the punishment of the offender, and significantly more on the use of law as a tool in the prevention of criminal activity before it occurs.
This represents a significant turn in social expectations of law, one that is facilitated, to a large extent, by the availability of new technologies of behavior management, and a greater willingness of individuals to tolerate more intrusive actions by the agents of governance institutions. More specifically, this shift in the cultural expectations of communities, now expressed through the idiom of law, points to the end of law as command-and-compliance system and the emergence, now more fully articulated, of law as an idiom of the management on individual and collective thought.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published detailed guidelines for preventing abuse in "youth-serving organizations," but advocates want implementation to be made mandatory — at least for organizations that receive federal funding.
The guidelines address employee and volunteer screening, inappropriate interaction between adults and kids, and how to respond to questionable behavior, allegations of suspicious behavior and breeches of policy, and ways that the organizations physical space should be set up to avoid blind spots where abuse could take place. (From Kari Huus, When abusers are 'like us,' how can they be stopped?, Life on MSNBC.com, November 11, 2011)