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Does NYC’s ‘Gang Database’ Cause Harm?

by Cathy Brown
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Earlier this week, the New York Metropolis Division of Investigationreleased a report that stated investigators discovered no “proof of hurt” to New Yorkers listed on the NYPD’s database of individuals with suspected gang ties, formally known as the Legal Group Database. Per the report, the database has practically 16,000 names actively. The investigation spanned 5 years, included a pattern evaluation of just below 500 topics within the database and was initially slated to be launched final yr.

Whereas the report stated investigators didn’t establish a direct relationship between inclusion within the CGD and ‘antagonistic outcomes,’ it did provide a caveat: because the utility of the GCD is replicated in different programs and types throughout the NYPD, hurt may be laborious to attribute straight. Investigators decided that NYPD doesn’t present enough steering on what standards ought to trigger somebody to be included within the database and that the division was not sufficiently documenting its present processes. Investigators discovered that kids as younger as 11 have been as soon as included within the database, and in the end made 17 suggestions centered on a clear course of to be used of and inclusion within the GCD.

Legal justice organizers within the metropolis have been shocked by the ‘no hurt’ discovering, Arya Sundaram reports for Gothamist. Final yr, 21 Metropolis Council members co-sponsored a new local law that, if handed, would amend New York’s administrative code and abolish the GCD totally, stopping the creation of an analogous software.

Picture supply: thecrimereport.org

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