LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Code for America today announced that nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions eligible for relief under Proposition 64 will be dismissed as part of their cutting-edge partnership.
Today’s action marks the completion of the five-county Clear My Record pilot to clear marijuana-related convictions eligible for relief under Proposition 64. The other counties in the pilot include San Francisco, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Contra Costa. In total, these five pilots will help reduce or dismiss more than 85,000 Proposition 64 eligible convictions.
“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,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. “I am privileged to be part of a system dedicated to finding innovative solutions and implementing meaningful criminal justice reform that gives all people the support they need to build the life they deserve.”
” said Evonne Silva, Code for America’s
. “This is a clear demonstration that automatic record clearance is
possible at scale and can help to right the wrongs of the failed war on drugs. Looking forward, Code for America stands at the ready to help all California counties provide this much needed relief in advance of the July 1, 2020 deadline.”
Prosecutors this week asked a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to dismiss 62,000 felony cannabis convictions for cases that date back to 1961.
The District Attorney’s Office also sought the dismissal of approximately 4,000 misdemeanor cannabis possession cases that included cases filed in 10 Los Angeles County cities: Los Angeles,process. It is no surprise, then, that only 3% of those eligible for relief under Proposition 64 have received it.
Code for America’s pilot partnerships have set the standard for the statewide
implementation of AB 1793, which tasks prosecutors with affirmatively reviewing
convictions eligible for dismissal or reduction under Proposition 64. This novel
approach also creates a blueprint for the future of record clearance for remedies beyond
Proposition 64 — the development of policy and technology that expands, streamlines
and automates the record clearance process at scale.
Code for America has been making it easier for people to remove eligible convictions
from their records through Clear my Record technology since 2016.
To find out if your record has been cleared
To find out if your record has been cleared, or for more information about this initiative, contact the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office by phone at (323) 760-6763 or visit http://pubdef.lacounty.gov. The Public Defender’s Office will reply to all inquiries.
About Code for America
Code for America believes government must work for the people, and by the people, in
the digital age, starting with the people who need it most. We build digital services that
enhance government capabilities, and we help others do the same across all levels of
government. We organize thousands of volunteers across nearly 80 chapters nationwide
who improve government in their local communities. Our goal: a 21st century
government that effectively and equitably serves all Americans. Learn more at
About the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey leads the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation. Her staff of nearly 1,000 attorneys, 300 investigators and 800 support staff members is dedicated to protecting our community through the fair and ethical pursuit of justice and the safeguarding of crime victims' rights. Los Angeles County includes approximately 10 million residents.