Marijuana Conviction Relief
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and Code for America announced the results of a partnership that identified 5,303 marijuana-related convictions for dismissal or reduction to a misdemeanor pursuant to Proposition 64.
Sacramento is one of five counties in California taking part in Code for America’s pilot program that proactively searched criminal histories for convictions that qualified for re-sentencing under the November 2016 voter-approved initiative. In addition to the relief authorized by the initiative, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office also agreed to proposals from community groups and the Sacramento County Public Defender to dismiss qualifying marijuana convictions where (1) the offender remained crime free for the past 10 years, (2) the offense was the only conviction on the offender’s criminal history and the period of parole or probation was completed or (3) involved a conviction for a misdemeanor or infraction for an adult offender who was under the age of 21 at the time of the offense. As a result of the re-sentencing project:
5,303 convictions eligible for re-sentencing involved 4,831 individuals;
1,919 of the convictions were dismissed;
3,384 of the convictions were reduced to a misdemeanor;
603 individuals will no longer have any conviction on their criminal history.