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CSI for Kids

Here’s an idea I hope no one considers importing to the US.

The director of forensic sciences for the Metropolitan Police Service of Greater London wants to begin adding the DNA of children to the national database used to identify people when they’ve committed a crime.

Specifically, he wants samples from any “primary” school children who “exhibit behaviour indicating they may become criminals in later life”.

If we have a primary means of identifying people before they offend, then in the long-term the benefits of targeting younger people are extremely large,’ said Pugh. ‘You could argue the younger the better. Criminologists say some people will grow out of crime; others won’t. We have to find who are possibly going to be the biggest threat to society.

Sounds like he wants to take a step towards the world in Phillip K. Dick’s The Minority Report.

Police in the UK already have DNA samples from 1.5 million kids (out of a total of 4.5 million) between the ages of 10 and 18 as a result of them being arrested.

Ok, who gets to determine when a child has passed the line between the stupid choices all kids make when growing up and indicators for criminal behavior?

I certainly don’t want that job.

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  1. Betty

    It would make me want to homeschool. That’s just a bad idea.

  2. Benjamin Baxter

    I’m not sure that The Minority Report is quite the right comparison — more Brave New World-ish than anything.

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