In the wake of the two big murder trials that resulted in gulty verdicts this week, the police have called for an extension to the DNA database so that it covers every single adult in the UK. They say this would lead to an increased in detection rates and more people being locked up in prisin.
Ironically, this is said by the police on the same day as the government have announced again that the prisons are full and that judges and magistrates are being encourage to give out "community" sentences rather than send criminals to prison.
Does this seem slightly contradictory ?
I know that the two murder cases in the news would always result in a prison sentence, but police are arguing that DNA is left at the scene of many crimes, and this will also aid the detection and solving of minor crimes too. However, it is these "minor" crimes that the police routinely don't bother to investigate and it is these minor crimes that criminals are likely to receive a minor slap on the wrist community sentence for rather than a proper prison sentence.
Who says the police and the Labour government lack a sense of irony.