Daily Archives: February 28, 2011

Nicholas Watt writes in the Guardian: The government is running the risk of making it more difficult to convict rapists by relaxing the rules for retaining the DNA of suspects, the shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has warned. Parliament is due to debate the government’s protection of freedoms bill on Tuesday, which includes plans to limit the retention of DNA to three years in England and Wales. Labour, which says DNA should be retained for six years, says the government’s plan would lead to 1,500 fewer detections per year. Cooper is alarmed that DNA will be retained only in “limited circumstances” if someone is arrested but not charged with rape. Labour said this was a “huge missed opportunity” because studies have shown that the reoffending rate for rape is as high as 29%. The shadow home secretary said: “The government is going too far in restricting the use of DNA […]

Relaxing DNA rules could reduce rape convictions, Labour warns