Audit Finds California’s Gang Database Includes Babies
An audit of CA’s CalGang database recently found that at least 42 people on its list are babies under age one…and several of them have issued confessions of their affiliations.
Besides the fact that at least a portion of the information entered is completely erroneous — we aren’t sure what a 1-year-old could be an asset to a gang — it’s problematic because most people aren’t even aware that they or their child is listed on the database, nor do they have any legal right to find out. Via Gawker:
An audit of California’s state gang database, CalGang, found 42 individuals in the database who were less than one year old at the time of of entry, 28 of whom are further classified as, “admitting to being gang members,” Voice of San Diego reports. A human baby typically utters its first word at around nine months of age.
It is not yet known whether some or all of these entries might be for adults whose ages were recorded incorrectly.
The findings of the audit, which was requested by the state Legislature and prompted by San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Webster, were published on Thursday.
The audit also found that many parents are not being notified when their children are entered into the database, despite a 2013 law requiring they do so.
The audit affirms that some people remain in the database long after they should have been removed and that many are entered into the database without a substantial reason, according to VOSD.
Weber was not surprised by the finding, telling VOSD, “I’ve heard these complaints for years. As most folks know, my own son was threatened to be put on the gang list, and he hand’t done anything. I hear these things from parents on a regular basis. But I think some of my colleagues were shocked.”
So…they just throw any and everyone on this list as they feel like it, and don’t even verify the information on each person? SMH.