Beware of Cholo Babies – CA Puts Infants on Gang List
In 2003, California began establishing a database called CalGang, in an effort to help law enforcement agencies. The database was used to support enhanced sentencing in court and gang injunctions. The problems grew with the database as they added juveniles.
An audit by the State Auditor, Elaine M. Howle found that 42 individuals in the CalGang database were less than one year old at the time their information as entered. Apparently 28 of them (those less than one year old) admitted to being gang members – even through most infants say their first words around 12 months old.