Former prisoners who have served their sentences and been released could be tracked down and forced to give DNA samples to the police.Because who’s going to complain?
Government plans to be published in the New Year could also see the police entering jails to take samples from serving prisoners who are not on the National DNA Database.
Me, for a start:
The Home Office is preparing to publish a White Paper proposing major changes to the collection and retention of genetic material from people arrested, charged or convicted.Why a time limit? Innocent is innocent – as soon as charges are dropped, the DNA should be dropped too.
Following a legal victory for civil rights campaigners, the review is likely to lead to time limits on how long profiles of those that have been arrested but not convicted may be held.
Yet people convicted of serious crimes years or even decades ago could face a new move to put them on the database. Murderers and rapists released after serving their sentences could be visited by the police for samples.Read that again – ‘after serving their sentences’. They are free men and women and have paid their debt to society. To harass them for DNA after release is unconscionable.
But this is, of course, merely the thin end of the wedge....