Andrew Watson wrote:
Infringing your rights? Tell that to the victims
by Giles Fraser
Posted: 26 Jul 2012 @ 11:20
TWO women a week in this country are killed by a former partner.
The British Crime Survey reports that 1.2 million women experience domestic abuse. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been making efforts to bring offenders to justice, but it is still the case that, even with cases charged by prosecutors, the conviction rate for rape cases is only 62 per cent, while only six per cent of reported allegations of rape end in conviction. And most incidents of domestic abuse and rape are not even reported to the police.
The chief executive of Refuge, Sandra Horley, describes it as "a very big problem". The Director of Public Prosecutions at the CPS, Keir Starmer, agrees: "I don't quarrel with Sandra's analysis about the nature and scope of the problem."
This is why I think it is time to revisit the question of a universal DNA database. At present, DNA details are taken and kept by the police after a person has been arrested. This database has proved extremely helpful to the police in the solving of crimes, and especially violent crime.
What happened to the old "rape has a 6% conviction rate" conflation of trial verdicts and cases brought to trial. Or have we cottoned on to that one.
62% guilty verdicts is par for the course for jury trials, if anything higher than the overall rate.
And why all the emphasis on "conviction rates", is that how the "success" of the criminal justice system is judged? Doesn't matter if the accused are innocent, just as long as you get a conviction
Not the prettiest of sights, the Church getting into bed with Harriet Harperson