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Forensic databases, a perspective from the penitentiary centers of Spain

Abstract: Scientific and technological progress in the field of forensic genetics is very useful in the resolution of criminal cases, but it entails the need for a deep ethical reflection, as the individual Fundamental Rights may be violated. This project aims to collect and compare the opinion of prisoners and prison officials on what characteristics the country's forensic database should have. In this context, 210 subjects were surveyed, 101 of them prisoners and the rest prison officials, from three different Spanish penitentiary centers. Among the results obtained, most prisoners and officials consider the national DNA database to be useful, and additionally, a 40% of the participants would support the integration of the profiles of the entire population. 64% considered it ethical to use the DNA profiles of the database as a tool for familial searching. Despite this, half of the respondents are concerned about the future uses of the DNA database. Integrating the opinion of these analyzed groups with other relevant judicial, scientific and ethical convictions, ensures the regulation between security and individual?s Human Rights.

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 Fuente: Science & Justice, Volume 61, Issue 2, March 2021, Pages 175-179

Editorial: Elsevier

 Fecha de publicación: 01/03/2021

Nº de páginas: 5

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.scijus.2020.09.009

ISSN: 1355-0306,1876-4452

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2020.09.009