City offers opt-out for gang members

A list of alleged gang members may soon be smaller, if the people on it can prove they are not involved in gang activities.

Citywide, 97 people alleged to be in five gangs, including the Oakdale Mob, Eddy Rock, Chopper City, Knock Out Posse and Norteño gangs, were named in injunctions filed by City Attorney Dennis Herrera in 2006 and 2007. The injunctions prohibit those named from congregating in certain areas, from wearing gang colors and, in some neighborhoods, from being out after 10 p.m.

The alleged gang members named in three injunctions filed by the City Attorney’s Office can now get their names removed if they can prove they’ve gotten a job or enrolled in school, and are not involved in gang activity, Herrera said Monday.

Opt-out forms areavailable online and at City Hall. Each one would be reviewed by the City Attorney’s Office and must also be approved by the court, according to Herrera.

Until now, those named in the injunction needed an attorney’s help to opt out, a time-consuming process that costs roughly $10,000 to $20,000, according to Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

Four people have successfully gotten out of the injunctions.

bwinegarner@examiner.com

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