The Ministry of Justice is proposing and planning the establishment of centers to collect DNA and biometric information from inmates and suspects charged by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to reduce repeated crimes in Thailand.
The idea is proposed by the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) following the cabinet’s approval of the Genetic Data Bill that allows for a national DNA center for the population.
According to CIFS director Pol Col Songsak Raksaksakul, the center will be allowed to lawfully collect DNA and personal information from inmates under the Justice Ministry’s supervision and suspects indicted by the DSI.
The CIFS held discussions with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to discuss the setting up of the national DNA database, in which the FBI has agreed to assist.
The CIFS director emphasizes the importance of having a national DNA database, stating the greater efficiency in identifying suspects and reducing repeated offenses, especially among young drug users.
The DNA collection will also aid in the identification of dead bodies, stateless people, and unidentified offenders.