Competing paradigms? The use of DNA powers in youth justice

Liz Campbell, Nessa Lynch

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DNA is an important tool for criminal investigations and prosecutions. There has been considerable comment on its collection and retention from adult suspects and convicted persons, but little analysis of the particular situation of young people in the youth justice system. This article considers the competing paradigms at play when young persons' DNA is collected and stored. The tensions between expanded DNA powers and norms of youth justice such as reintegration and best interests are considered as well as the implications for young persons' rights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-18
Number of pages16
JournalYouth Justice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • comparative analysis
  • DNA
  • human rights
  • policy transfer
  • youth justice

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