Forensic DNA databases in England and the Netherlands: governance, structure and performance compared

- New Genetics and Society
Author/s: -Toom, Victor
Journal: New Genetics and Society
Year: 2012
Volume: 31
Issue: 3
Pages: 311-322

How do liberal democracies govern forensic DNA databasing? That is the question being asked in this contribution by focusing on the rules for inclusion of samples/profiles in DNA databases in England and Wales and the Netherlands. The two different modes of governance shall be evaluated by taking into account models and ideas in each society regarding the two imperatives of “crime control” and “due process.” Another question tentatively examined in this contribution is how these modes of governance impact on the performance of national DNA databases. The analysis provided in this article argues that, when compared with the English and Welsh mode of governance, the Dutch mode of governance is more beneficial for the protection of individual rights and the effective use of resources.