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LA Gang Injunctions Draw Opposition from Activists

Civil gang injunctions, used in Los Angeles County for more than 30 years as a tool to fight crime, are coming under fresh fire as a grass-roots effort to challenge them gains momentum. The Daily Breeze reports that the Youth Justice Coalition (YJC), a social justice group that works toward gender, race, and class equality for California juveniles, is seeing greater community support than ever before in their decade-long battle against gang injunctions—which the group says violates the basic civil liberties of underprivileged youth. Gang injunctions are behavior restrictions placed on gang members. Enforceable by police, they include things like...

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Cyber Cops: LAPD Starts Using Predictive Policing Software

Technology is everywhere these days—including in California police departments, where the ‘big data’ trend has arrived in the form of software that attempts to anticipate crime before it happens. The predictive policing software, called PredPol, is being used on a trial basis in the LAPD’s Foothill Division station. In an article on the software, The California Report describes maps generated by PredPol with bright red squares on them, reportedly indicating an area with a high probability of crime. The software was developed through a project that started at UCLA seven years ago. It processes crime data through an algorithm that...

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California Legislators Face a Barrage of Gun Control Laws

In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, state lawmakers are considering a heavy stack of gun-control bills that could make California the most heavily legislated state in the country when it comes to firearms. The San Jose Mercury News reports that lawmakers in California are considering a number of bills that would restrict and regulate firearms in the state far beyond any other state so far. Some of the proposals include strict new regulations on ammunition, and bans on a range of semi-automatic weapons. The wave of proposals may bring a fresh push to the national gun control debate, which...