Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Retaining DNA

An analysis of the retention of suspects' DNA has finally been released by the Home Office. The conclusion of the Straight Statistics web site is that
"Despite the limitations of the analysis, acknowledged by its authors, it does suggest that the retention periods allowed under the 2001 and 2003 acts were unduly long, as were those proposed in the 2010 bill. The present bill, which is broadly similar to the law in Scotland, gets the balance more nearly right. That makes it all the odder that the Home Office was so reluctant to let it see the light of day."
Good to see illiberal Labour legislation being rolled back by a Lib Dem-influenced government.

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