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Arrests are being made 'to expand DNA files'
Police are routinely arresting people simply to record their DNA profiles on the national database, according to a report published today.
It also states that three quarters of young black men are on the database. The finding risks stigmatising a whole section of society, the equality watchdog has warned.
The revelations will fuel the debate about the DNA database, the world’s largest. They are included in a report by the Human Genetics Commission, an independent government advisory body. It criticises the piecemeal development of the database and questions how effective it is in helping the police to investigate and solve crimes.
Chief constables are to carry on refusing requests to delete the DNA profiles of arrested people released without charge, while a fresh political battle is waged over how long the details should remain on the database.
Home Office ministers confirmed they want to see the DNA profiles of innocent people kept on the national database for six years, after failing to persuade parliament to back a longer period of up to 12 years for the most serious offences.
Originally posted by zaiger
Yeah i have heard about this. People getting arrested for the most petty things and told they wold be let go shold they give up a DNA sample.
I see this working out two ways.
1. They just start solving cold cases off of new DNA
2. With more people added to the DNA data-bases the chance of having people that share matching DNA becomes greater and would be enough have people using that as a defense. When you start seeing more and more matches the DNA evidence will become less and less credible.