Remove the DNA of juveniles given cautions, reprimands or final warnings

Comment 1st July 2010

The DNA samples, and computerized DNA profiles, of children under the age of 17, arrested and handed cautions, reprimands or final warnings (but not charged, and therefore who never appeared in court or convicted of any offense), should be either removed at age 18 or kept for six years (whichever is longer). 

Cautions, reprimands and final warnings are not convictions and therefore, keeping the DNA profiles of juveniles who have been handed them is wrong. 

Why does this matter?

It keeps juveniles out of the criminal justice system and reserves the database for people who are serious offenders, and people – and children – who are convicted criminals. 

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