Gang databases are overinclusive, inaccurate and they have a disparate impact. Indeed, the vast majority of those entered into the NYPD gang database are Black and Brown New Yorkers. More importantly, entry into the gang database does not require any evidence of criminality or suspicion of wrongdoing. The NYPD secretly continues keeping eyes on Black and Brown communities in New York, and you have a right to know if you were among the thousands who were subject to this racist and overbroad surveillance.
The collateral consequences of being entered into the gang database are life-long impacts. Being labeled as a gang member means that you are going to face higher bail amounts, enhanced sentences, severe restrictive conditions of confinement and deportation proceedings if you are an undocumented immigrant.