DOLLARS. VICKI: WHEN VOTERS LEGALIZED
RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN 2016,
IT ALSO PAVED THE WAY FOR
THOUSANDS OF MARIJUANA-RELATED
CRIMES TO BE ERASE
THE PROBLEM IS, GOING THROUGH DECADES OF CONVICTIONS, CAN
OVERWHELM COUNTIES.>>THIS WOULD BE A SLOW CRAWL
FOR US TO GO AHEAD AND REVIEW
THOUSANDS OF RECORDS AND MAKE
THESE DECISIONS. AND IT WOULD BE TAKING MY
ATTORNEYS AWAY FROM THE MORE
SERIOUS, PENDING CASES. VICKI: SO, TO CUT DOWN ON COST,
TIME, AND RESOURCES, YOLO COUNTY
DISTRICT ATTORNEY JEFF REISIG
BECAME THE FIRST IN THE STATE TO
USE NEW SOFTWARE TO EXPEDITE
REDUCING OR ERASING ELIGIBLE MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS. THE SOFTWARE IS FROM THE OPEN IS
ASIAN — THEY CREATED THE
SOFTWARE CALLED CLEAR MY RECORD. IT HAS PARTNERED WITH SACRAMENTO
AN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTIES IN THE
PAST, BUT COUNTIES ARE NOW
IMPROVED. COUNTIES CAN GO THROUGH 10,000
CONVICTIONS IN A MATTER OF
MINUTES. AND IT IS FREE OF CHARGE.>>WHAT WAS FANTASTIC ABOUT THIS
PARTNERSHIP IS THAT IT WAS FAST,
IT DIDN’T COST THE TAXPAYERS
ANYTHING, AND WE WERE ABLE TO
ACCOMPLISH EVERYTHING WE NEEDED
TO DO IN MINUTES, VERSUS WEEKS OR MONTHS. VICKI: AS A RESULT, YOLO COUNTY
DISMISSED 728 MARIJUANA-RELATED
CONVICTIONS, OF WHICH, MORE THAN
650 WERE FELONIES, AMOUNTING TO
156 PEOPLE WHO NOW HAVE NO
CONVICTIONS ON THEIR RECORD. MALAKI AMEN WITH THE CALIFORNIA
URBAN PARTNERSHIP EMPHASIZES
THIS TRANSLATES INTO NEW
OPPORTUNITIES THAT IN MANY WAYS
IS A NEW LEASE ON LIFE.>>THEY HAVE SOMEPLACE TO GO TO
GET ALL THE BARRIERS REMOVED FOR
EMPLOYMENT, FOR HOUSING, FOR
COLLEGE TUITION, REALLY TO GET
THEIR LIVES BACK ON TRACK. VICKI: CODE FOR AMERICA
ESTIMATES IN CALIFORNIA, THERE
ARE SOME 220,000 CONVICTIONS
ELIGIBLE FOR REL