S.F.’s Code for America started rolling out software that will make automated expungement available in every California county. The non-profit has already cleared thousands of records in small counties such as Yolo as well as L.A. and S.F. counties and is poised to do more in Chicago.
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- Illinois has about 770,000 convictions eligible for expungement.
- One of the complexities of expunging pot convictions en masse is the power of district attorneys, the vast majority of whose counties have long and sustained histories of 420-unfriendliness. These D.A.’s now control how expungement will be implemented.
- The Stanford Criminal Justice Center says reforms such as expungement suffer from a lack of transparancy by courts, prisons, and law enforcement, as well as inconsistencies in data collection.