MAYOR OF DENVER PLANS TO EXPUNGE MARIJUANA-RELATED CONVICTIONS
Recently, when the United States Conference of Mayors (a non-partisan group constituting multiple mayors from cities across the U.S. with populations over 30,000) gathered at the annual summer meeting, Denver mayor Michael Hancock decided to take the extra step. During this time, he decided to create the Government for Responsible U.S. Cannabis Policy Coalition, a task force dedicated to creating policy recommendations out of current information about weed (discovered in multiple cities). Besides producing regulations for the federal government, the group has also called for the expungement of marijuana-related convictions instigated before legalization. After several months, Mayor Hancock took the resolution back to Denver, Colorado and immediately announced his plans to take identical action. Let’s take a closer look at how the city plans to wipe out marijuana-related convictions.
100,000 Convicts Will Be Eligible
Based on recent crime data collected in Denver, judges have convicted more than 100,000 people for taking part in low-level, nonviolent marijuana-related crimes that took place between 2001 and 2013. During that period, the population of the city boosted from 565,000 to 650,000, meaning that (in the 21st Century) Denver convicted nearly 2% of its total populace for possession of marijuana or using the drug in public settings.
Ultimately, Mayor Hancock has described this long history of drug enforcement has a complete disgrace and a perfect example of injustices that need to be reversed. As of today, the Denver leader has confirmed he will be providing resources to expunge the criminal records of those who have been wrongfully convicted.
A Larger Part of Equity Resolutions
Overall, expungements fall under the category of criminal and social justice and completely acknowledge the disproportionate rules of drug enforcement (after considering those actions that are required). Drug convictions never seem to end, with multiple arrests completely putting a damper on childcare, housing, and employment opportunities. As a result, people could potentially lose benefits like job seeking and school loans. Keep in mind, though, that Denver’s program will only cover minor crimes, as larger crimes (obviously) do require the harshest of intervention.
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