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New Law Aims to Overhaul California's Gang Database

The new law requires police to inform people before adding them to the database, and allows them to challenge that decision and be removed from the database.

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    New Law Aims to Overhaul California's Gang Database
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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the Drive The Dream event at the Exploratorium on September 16, 2013 in San Francisco, California. California Gov. Jerry Brown met with California corporate leaders at Drive The Dream to discuss progress in the adoption of electric vehicles and workplace charging stations at businesses in the state. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    A new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week will overhaul California's statewide gang database known as CalGang

    The law will require police to inform people before adding them to the database, and allows them to challenge that decision and be removed from the database, NBC4's media partner KPCC reports

    It also requires police to produce transparency reports on additions, removals and demographics. 

    Police have said that CalGang is used merely to gather intelligence for investigations, but civil libertarians have found instances where a listing in the database has prevented people from obtaining public housing or jeopardized a person's chance of becoming an American citizen. 

    Read more at KPCC