My interview with Jamal Gaines, a 2006 inductee into the Fillmore gang injunction. Gaines said that the injunction was wrongfully applied because his decision to sell crack cocaine when he was 21 was for personal gain and had no affiliation with gang activity. For the last six years, Jamal has found difficulty finding jobs and opportunity with a lingering gang injunction on his record.
“The gang thing is how police identify us, not how we identify ourselves,” Jamal said.
At 25, Gaines is taking a second chance at life by enrolling as a full-time student at CCSF and awaiting his acceptance into nursing school to pursue his next venture - becoming an X-Ray technician.