Friday November 27, 2020

Young offenders can opt out of new DNA database at main detention centre

Under the law, authorised youth centre officials can use ‘reasonable force’ to take mouth swabs or plucked head hair from young offenders

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

31st December, 2017
The children’s detention centre in Oberstown

Under the law setting up the DNA database, all serious offenders were to have theirs entered onto it to see if there was a match with other previous crimes. But the children’s detention centre in Oberstown in north Dublin has decided not to force teenagers there to give DNA samples if they do not want to.

The centre houses boys between the ages of 14 and 18 who have been sent there by...

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