77% of UK young black men on the National Criminal DNA Database

May 21, 2013


If you are young and of black origin living in the UK, then the following applies to you:

“An estimated 135,000 black males aged 15 to 34 will be entered in the crime-fighting- database by April, equivalent to as many as 77 per cent of the young black male population in England and Wales. By contrast, only 22 per cent of young white males, and six per cent of the general population, will be on the database.”

African Caribbeans make up 2.9% of the national population, but Home Office figures showed that 27% of the entire black population are on the database, compared with just 9% of Asians and 6% of the white population.
Like stop and search, the issue of the DNA database is viewed as evidence of selective ‘indirect’ over-policing of people from black communities.

The question arises then as to how to these DNA samples get into the the hands of the police.  Well, that requires that you are arrested and taken into custody.   Once in custody and before you are interviewed about the offence you have been arrested for,  your DNA is taken and can be retained for 3 years.  Even if you are not charged or released with no further action, your DNA will remain on the database for 3 years.


Therefore if you are young and black, and congregate with other young black people when some sort of arrest-able incident occurs, and the group is arrested; you will need to submit your DNA regardless of whether you have done anything wrong yourself!

In order for there to be 77% of young black males on that database, suggests 77% of them are being arrested compared to 22% of young white men.  Ie they are 3 times more likely to be arrested.

If they are ‘cautioned’ by the police, then they will have a criminal caution against their name too.

Therefore, young black men are disproportionately affected by policing and disproportionately affected by the negative consequences of a caution or conviction in the UK.

And do you know what… !!  Nothing is being done!   Lots of fine words, but the police are now being used as an instrument for indirectly stratifying society and keeping young black men from getting on.

Young black men don’t make things easy for themselves!!   And the divided black community in the UK will always be victim to this sort of thing unless it can come together.

How does this happen? Lets look at the experience.



The media does not help – In fact it is part of the problem.


Can role models help … absolutely.    (See Executive Summary)


The importance of role models. Community talks:

Steve McKoy

Levi Roots

Kwami Kwei-Armah

Carl Hutchins

Anthony Henry

Presentation for black urban community. 


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