Kim Foxx, the Illinois State’s Lawyer for Cook County, stated final week that her workplace will start the expungement of misdemeanor cannabis convictions in the coming months. In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Occasions, Foxx stated that prosecutors have been contemplating expungement of convictions for marijuana sales and are nevertheless functioning to decide the scope of the project.
“The query is, how far back can we go? How far back does the information go — which will give us what our universe appears like? But we’re in the approach of figuring that out,” stated Foxx.
In a speech to the City Club of Chicago in January, Foxx stated that she supported the drive to legalize cannabis in Illinois and stated that her workplace would “pursue the expungement of all misdemeanor marijuana convictions.”
Foxx stated that she hopes to function with the nonprofit group Code for America to analyze conviction records and determine these instances that qualify for expungement. Earlier this year, Code for America worked with the San Francisco District Lawyer to clear extra than eight,000 cannabis convictions going back to 1975. This month, the group stated that 54,000 extra cannabis convictions would be expunged or decreased in Los Angeles and San Joaquin counties.
Code for America “can assistance us discover some infrastructure assistance of becoming in a position to appear at the [Cook County] clerk’s workplace, Dorothy Brown’s workplace, to be in a position to determine batches of folks who are discovered or convicted of the statutory code for possession of marijuana,” stated Foxx.
The State’s Attorney’s workplace is also starting to discover the expungement of convictions for promoting cannabis.
“The subsequent iteration of this is searching at these sales,” she stated, particularly “in light of the truth that legalization appears like it is becoming apparent. We do not want to be on the back finish of attempting to figure out what to do.”
She stated that police continue to make arrests for minor marijuana offenses regardless of a 2015 announcement that they would no longer be prosecuted. Foxx hopes that expunging previous convictions would assistance get out the message that “we’re not undertaking this” any longer.
“So hopefully, we’re seeing that fall off,” Foxx stated.
Cops Oppose Expungement Program
Kevin Graham is the president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, a union that represents extra than 10,000 police officers in Chicago. He stated in an e-mail that his members do not assistance the expungement of previous convictions.
“Even if the law modifications, that does not transform the truth that these folks knew they have been breaking the law, have been arrested and convicted as soon as once again disregarding the challenging function of police officers, who could have been injured whilst apprehending these offenders,” Graham stated.
Graham stated that officers in the union “will only enforce the laws that are on the books” and stated that prosecutors really should do the very same.
“If the laws transform that is up to law makers [sic] and the Governor, but it is not up to the Cook County States [sic] Lawyer,” he stated.