California’s secretive gang database, with information on hundreds of thousands of predominantly black and Latino men, uses a controversial overlay of sophisticated data analysis and surveillance technologies.
Earlier this year, Reveal detailed the myriad problems with CalGang. In some cases, unverified allegations of gang affiliation in the database led to criminal charges and inclusion in civil gang injunctions, which restrict someone’s ability to move and associate freely.
Legislation that would open California’s gang database to more public scrutiny has advanced in the state Assembly, despite significant opposition from law enforcement.
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California’s statewide CalGang database, which includes more than 150,000 people, has come under fire for its secrecy, which can ensnare innocent peop