Monday, 17 March 2008

*Letter to Observer: Children on DNA list.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/mar/16/youthjustice.children



The emphasis on targeting potential future offending school children for inclusion on a DNA database rather than for measures which might help them avoid a future of criminality is as depressing as it is revealing.

Clearly some police officers think it is preferable to give up on children and effectively tag them rather than put in the hard work and resources needed to give all children a decent start and avoid the criminality the police think they are on the road towards.

Clearly some police officers will always feel they should argue for more and more powers, it is up to the rest of us to defend a more appropriate balance between the state and individuals.

Noel Lynch,
Chair, London Green Party

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