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AB 2298

(Weber) Floor: 42-34-4


co-authors: Leno, Mitchell


No proof was necessary to include people in CalGang — a database that holds information on individuals who may or may not be connected to a gang in California. Over 150,000 people — mostly Latinos and blacks — are currently listed in CalGang. Many of them are also affected by gang injunctions because of their inclusion in CalGang, which essentially puts suspected gang members on parole without their consent by barring them from wearing gang-related clothing or gathering in certain areas. Authorities were not required to notify people when they were added to this database, but AB2298 gave them the right to know and, then, to appeal the decision. AB2298 increases transparency from law enforcement and continues the fight for racial and criminal justice.