To ensure transparency, the Legislature should require Justice to publish an annual report with key shared gang database statistics—such as the number of individuals added to and removed from the database—and summary results from periodic audits conducted by Justice or an external entity. Further, the Legislature should require Justice to invite and assess public comments following the report's release. Subsequent annual reports should summarize any public comments Justice received and actions it took in response.
Assembly Bill 90 (Weber, Chapter 695, Statutes of 2017) requires Justice to promulgate regulations governing the use, operation, and oversight of any shared gang database. The regulations must provide for periodic audits by law enforcement agencies and Justice staff to ensure the accuracy, reliability, and proper use of any shared gang database. The results of those audits must be reported to the public.
Legislation has not been introduced to address this specific recommendation.