Coders Work With San Francisco DA to Expunge Marijuana Offenses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco district attorney’s office is partnering with the nonprofit Code for America to proactively wipe out thousands of marijuana convictions using a computer algorithm.

District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement Tuesday, May 15, 2018, that the partnership will help prosecutors identify those who are eligible after voters approved Proposition 64 legalizing recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older.

Gascon announced in January 2018 that his office would dismiss and seal more than 3,000 misdemeanor marijuana convictions dating back to 1975.

Code for America will use its algorithm to search through San Francisco’s nearly 5,000 felony cases and identify those that are eligible, which will then be reviewed by a prosecutor and submitted to the court.

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