The pending dismissal of two,735 marijuana convictions was introduced Friday as a part of a program by Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch that makes use of a state software program utility to judge eligibility beneath a 2016 state proposition reclassifying hashish crimes.
Proposition 64 reduces some hashish offenses from felonies to misdemeanors and misdemeanor offenses as both an infraction or not unlawful.
Ravtich’s workplace famous that the provisions of the measure have failed to achieve lots of these affected.
“A combination of factors, including the need for those convicted to file petitions with the court to seek relief, and the lengthy process for said petitions to make it through the courts, slowed the relief the law sought to provide,” the workplace stated in an announcement. “As a result, in 2018 the California Legislature passed AB 1793 which required the California Department of Justice to review state criminal history information, identify those eligible for relief under Proposition 64 to the courts, and the courts to automatically reduce or dismiss eligible convictions by July 1, 2020.”
Sonoma County, utilizing the state’s Clear My Record app, reviewed and interpreted the felony histories of these convicted from the California Department of Justice.
The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office recognized 2,110 individuals eligible for aid beneath the regulation. The circumstances included 427 individuals who had misdemeanor convictions eligible for full dismissal, and 1,713 with felony convictions eligible for discount to misdemeanors.
Ravitch stated she selected to supply aid past the statute by dismissing the felony convictions her workplace recognized.
“My office has been very committed to working with those individuals seeking relief from marijuana convictions under the provisions of Proposition 64,” she stated in a press release. “We understand the burden that has been placed on individuals, families, and communities as a result of cannabis convictions. I do not believe this is consistent with the values of the overwhelming number of people of Sonoma County, and therefore, we are taking aggressive steps to assist those affected.”
The 2,110 individuals recognized may have 2,735 convictions dismissed. Of these, 2,254 expenses had been felonies and 481 had been misdemeanors.