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February 01, 2006

DNA Databases

There are a lot of complaints in the press at the moment because DNA samples have been taken from people who haven't been convicted of or accepted a caution for an offence, but the articles that I've read do not question that DNA samples should be taken from convicted criminals.

I find this a rather odd position, I don't know the science of DNA, but presumably there are two risks involved, that DNA evidence will falsely place someone at the scene of a crime, or that the police will view DNA evidence of being at a crimescene as evidence of guilt. I'm not sure how big these two factors are and I so I can't conclude about whether DNA evidence is acceptable, but surely if its not ok to take these risks with an "ordinary member of the public" then its not ok to take them with someone who has previously been convicted but has served their time in prison.


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