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Report: Few People Gain Removal From CalGang Database

A man looking at the CalGang website in this undated photo.
Alexander Nguyen
A man looking at the CalGang website in this undated photo.
The CalGang database is used by law enforcement agencies to document and track suspected gang members.

It's been three years since AB 2298, written by San Diego Assemblymember Shirley Weber, became law.

AB 2298 allows people to challenge their inclusion in the CalGang database, which is used by law enforcement agencies to document and track suspected gang members. The law followed a state audit that found the database lacked oversight and included a significant number of errors.

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But as Voice of San Diego contributor Kelly Davis reports, since the law went into effect, few people have sought removal and even fewer have been able to get off the database. In the first year, there were 16 removal requests and only one was granted. In the years that followed, just 11 of 53 requests were granted.

Davis joined Midday Edition on Monday to talk about ongoing efforts to reform the database.