Powerful algorithm smokes out 8,132 marijuana convictions — with more to come
Thousands of people can breathe a sigh of relief.
San Francisco has cleared more than 8,000 marijuana convictions with the help of Code for America.
But the work’s not over yet; Code for America plans to help prosecutors across the country void 250,000 convictions by the end of the year. Also, those who’ve already seen their convictions wiped by the San Francisco District Attorney’s office have one more logistical step in the process.
“I don’t see it as a political thing, but frankly I see it as a matter of dignity,” San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón explains. “I think this is about humanity, this is about dignity. It’s restoring people to a place where they can be players and partakers in our community.” Read more…