L.A. County Will Use Tech to Expunge 66,000 Old Cannabis Convictions

Los Angeles County is partnering with Code for America to wipe out 66,000 old marijuana convictions.

The nonprofit organization has offered its services free of charge to the state’s 58 district attorneys. Its algorithm can analyze thousands of individuals for eligibility in one minute. It then files automatic paperwork for expungement with the courts.

“The dismissal of tens of thousands of old cannabis-related convictions in Los Angeles County will bring much-needed relief to communities of color that disproportionately suffered the unjust consequences of our nation’s drug laws,” said L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

African Americans make up 32% of the expected beneficiaries.

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