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DNA Database Advantage Or Disadvantage

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TASK 1 P3 Ethical Issues associated with the development and subsequent issues of the National DNA database The main one I would say is the prisoner who has nothing to do with the crime to be cleared as with this database they can check the DNA of different people and keep the people who are guilty or clear there names of a crime they didn't commit, They say "would be fairer to include everyone, guilty or innocent" They might have a good point here as the crimes are increasing they can be checked on the DNA database to locate the individual and therefore making it faster in capturing the person who has committed the crime they can also used this as evidence in court and the person who committed the crime can do nothing more than to submit, this also helps the people who have been wrongly convicted of a crime and they can be released as there DNA trace will not appear at the crime scene As if they don't do this the many people who are walking the streets and whose DNA would show them guilty of a crime they committed would go free but if the DNA covers the whole population it would make it easier to track the person and prove him guilty If a crime has taken place and the person has fled the DNA could be traced back to him and used for ...read more.


It was also established in 1995 by the criminal justice and by public order act 1994 that the reclassified buccal scrapes and rooted hairs as non-intimate samples (mouth swab) which allowed the police to take samples from anyone convicted or cautioned Next year after the establishment of the DNA database March 3 a rule stated allowing prisoners 7,750 of them to be checked by carrying out tests, and these were prisoners who were convicted of serious violent crimes or sexual offenses 2 Years after on the May 5th year 1998 a President of the police super intendants association called for the establishment of a national DNA database which was going to be for the whole population Same year and in September 16th Robert Taylor the elite of the National Crime Squad Says "a DNA sample should be taken from every baby at birth to solve crime" Next year 1999 month June 23rd known as the first move of the DNA database where Merseyside Police says "they will extend the categories of offences for which DNA samples will be obtained to include anyone reported, charged or cautioned with a racially motivated offence" Next month July 30th 1999 Jack Straw who is the home secretary unveils proposals which allow the police to keep thousands of DNA samples given by innocent people to compare with potential matches found at scenes of crime Few months later September 27th 1999 Criminals will face compulsory DNA ...read more.


the home office denies that black men are being unfairly targeted by the police despite the figures showing that they were four times more likely to be on the national database October 15th 2007 the home office minister Meg Miller says it's time for a debate on the future growth of the national DNA database July 30th 2008 the government's citizens enquiry finds that innocent people should have their profiles deleted March 30th 2009 the number of profiles held on the Database has increased by 40% within two years and has topped 5 million stated by the Home Office Future developments The DNA profiling is increasing being used to identify suspects rather than linking known suspects to a crime and as the DNA analysis gets faster it may be possible to run an arrestee sample against the national DNA database in a matter of minutes like finger prints allowing the detection of a crime faster and preventing it There are concerns about the use of this technology as the DNA is very different to other type of forensic data and since the technology has developed it now allows having the capacity to reveal a lot more personal information e.g. revealing if the person is at risk of ill-health and also who they are related to, giving the police much more information about a person Source DNA Telegraph - National DNA Database Timeline The Daily Telegraph ?? ?? ?? ?? Kazuya ...read more.

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