Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Every child to be screened for risk of turning criminal under Blair justice plan

· Police would demand DNA samples from all suspects
· Tories condemn strategy as 'nanny state gone mad'

Alan Travis, home affairs editor
Wednesday March 28, 2007
The Guardian

Young people gather on an estate in Bristol
Young people gather on an estate in Bristol. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty

A new-style "11-plus" to assess the risk every child in Britain runs of turning to crime was among a battery of proposals unveiled in Tony Blair's crime plan yesterday.

The children of prisoners, problem drug users and others at high risk of offending will also face being "actively managed" by social services and youth justice workers. New technologies are to be used to boost police detection rates while DNA samples are to be taken from any crime suspect who comes into contact with the police.


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