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Retention of DNA profiles of people with convictions not illegal, supreme court rules

This was originally published in The Guardian.  Court rules in test case involving drink driver that storing a man’s DNA profile is proportionate interference with his right to privacy Retaining DNA profiles of convicted adults indefinitely is not an illegal breach of their privacy, the supreme court

Election 2015: UKIP backs candidate with criminal record

UKIP has said it “backs entirely” one of its general election candidates, despite him having a criminal record. Peter Bush, its candidate for Aberavon, has convictions for theft and arson, which are now spent. UKIP said Mr Bush had “paid his debt to society” and “changed his

Job hunting with a criminal record – New York Times Editorial

This was originally published by The New York Times. See the bottom of this post for more information. There is no dispute that far too many Americans carry the burden of a criminal record — at least 70 million, by recent estimates — or that the easy

Forgiving v Forgetting – From the US

This was originally published by The Marshall Project. See the bottom of this post for more information.  In February of 2003, a much younger Barack Obama rose before the Illinois State Senate to introduce a new piece of legislation that, he said, contained a compromise. The bill