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Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 15/03/2010 - 18:15

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Scaremongering over the rape conviction rate

Sharp words in today’s report on rape by Baroness Stern (pictured) over the constant bandying of the claim that only 6 per cent of reported rapes lead to convictions.

Sheila Bird :: Wed, 10/03/2010 - 15:44

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Home Affairs Committee on the case of the National DNA Database

The inquiry into the National DNA Database by the Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons, which was published on Monday, comes after much of the ‘inquiring’ - including by

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 11/02/2010 - 20:00

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Home Office muddle over DNA profiles

Just how far will the Home Office go to justify the retention of DNA profiles from people arrested but not found guilty of any crime?

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 25/01/2010 - 10:34

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Retention of "innocent" DNA: some figures, but too few

The Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, has opened up a little bit on the successful use of "innocent" DNA profiles to achieve subsequent convictions for serious crimes.

Wed, 20/01/2010 - 11:21

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RSS President to become Chief Scientific Adviser at the Home Office

Professor Bernard Silverman, the current President of the Royal Statistical Society, has been appointed Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office, it was

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 13/01/2010 - 13:35

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No decline in assault victims admitted to hospital

The latest data on hospital admissions for assault bring little comfort to the Home Office’s Tackling Knives Action Programme, launched in ten areas in June 2008.

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 16/11/2009 - 18:05

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Deductions from the DNA database

The Home Office maintains that retaining the DNA profiles of innocent people on the DNA database increases the chances of solving future crimes. But what’s the evidence for this?

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 11/11/2009 - 15:09

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Home Secretary ignores his advisers again

Did the Home Office ignore the advice of its own advisers over the retention of DNA profiles on the national database?

Robert Whiston :: Mon, 02/11/2009 - 14:13

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The Home Office – a serial offender against science

The bust-up between the Home Office and its drug advisers is the latest in a long series of incidents in which it has shown contempt for scientific advice.

Sheila Bird and Lawrence Sherman :: Thu, 29/10/2009 - 12:48

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Today, restorative evidence, and restorative justice

Radio 4's Today programme this morning interviewed Professor Nutt, chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, about politicians’ undermining, and thereby undervaluing, the evidence on the harm done by drugs.