#Roomies, I received good news. Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey has just secured the release of 66,000 marijuana convictions.
According to the Los Angeles Times,
“Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey announced Thursday that it has secured the release of 66,000 marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County. This is an important step in growing national efforts to reverse the harsh effects of decades of drug war. “
Last week, Lacey filed a motion asking the Los Angeles Supreme Court judge Sam Ohta for 62,000 convictions for 1961 offenses and 4,000 convictions Reject offenses in 10 cities across the county. Her request was reportedly granted.
In an interview, Lacey explained:
“What this does is the inequality of the past. It gives them a beginning, a new beginning. "
The Los Angeles Times reports that this is a" partnership with Code for America, a nonprofit technology organization that has developed a computer algorithm for rapid analysis of county data to determine which cases could be resolved according to Proposition 64, which, among other things, legalized the possession and purchase of up to one ounce of marijuana in 2016 and enabled people to grow up to six plants for personal use. “
Essentially, 22,000 people in California have no more crimes and 15,000 people have no records at all. Of those affected, 32% are black, 45% are Latin American and 20% are white.
District Attorney Jackie Lacey is seeking a third term.
Let a black woman save the day as usual!
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