LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey to expunge 66,000 weed convictions

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LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced that she’s moving to dismiss 66,000 marijuana convictions dating back to 1961.

Drug convictions have disproportionately affected people of color -- an issue long pushed by criminal justice reform advocates.

Lacey is working with Code for America, a technology group that has developed an algorithm to quickly identify people eligible to have their convictions dismissed.

George Gascon, who’s vying to replace Lacey as LA District Attorney in a race in March, previously worked with Code for America to dismiss convictions in San Francisco two years ago, when he was district attorney there.