The Cook County Sheriff’s Office Says Its Gang Database Is on Lockdown, but Questions Remain
In January, aides to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart began telling other county officials that their office was no longer using its gang database.Many welcomed the news. After all, the gang-affiliation data had been collected through an often subjective and error-prone process, with potentially devastating consequences, as I reported in July. More than 350 other government agencies had access to the database and could use it in investigations, despite its flaws. And people listed in the database had no way to object or to change the information.