The practice of prints of the palm of the hand for the benefit of criminal procedure
- Malsch, M., Berg, T. van den, Hornman, M., Lammers, M., Wilde, B. de, Stevens, L.
- Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Faculty of Law, WODC
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- Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR)
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Each hand shows a pattern of lines, the so-called papillary lines. These lines run in the palm of the hand and continue onto the fingers. Fingerprint examiners therefore consider them to form one single line. In so far as known, each person has a unique pattern of lines.
The research question is:
To which extent is the collection, use and storage of palm prints for the benefit of criminal procedure legally regulated in the Netherlands, a number of other countries and in supranational case law? How are these regulations applied in practice? What is the added value of the use of palm prints in criminal procedure? Is the collection of prints by default and/or an improvement of legal regulations in this field advisable and permissible according to the national and supranational legal framework?
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