Los Angeles to clear up to 50,000 old marijuana convictions using algorithms
Voters approved eliminating some pot-related crimes and clearing old convictions when they legalized adult marijuana use in 2016
Los Angeles-area prosecutors are joining other district attorneys to use technology to wipe out or reduce as many as 50,000 old marijuana convictions, years after California voters broadly legalized the drug.
The county is working with the Code for America not-for-profit tech organization, which uses computer algorithms to find eligible cases that are otherwise hard to identify in decades-old court documents. It comes after San Francisco found success clearing convictions, which other cities and states nationwide said they will try to do.