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Call to get DNA samples of prisoners on their release

A former deputy chairperson of the DNA Board, Dr Vanessa Lynch, sounded a warning that the delay in implementing the DNA Bill led to the release of thousands of prisoners since 2017, without taking their buccal samples.

Lynch said some of the released prisoners could have gone back to crime and committed more offences.

She was making a presentation to the National Assembly committee on police on the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Bill this week.

Chairperson of the committee Tina Joemat-Pettersson said they wanted to finalise the bill as quickly as possible.

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