New York Launches Process For Destroying Marijuana Conviction Records

New York Launches Process For Destroying Marijuana Conviction Records

More than 150,000 people’s marijuana possession convictions in New York state were automatically expunged last summer, effectively sealing them from public view. Now, individuals can go a step further by requesting that conviction-related records—including arrest reports, prosecution records and criminal history—be completely destroyed. The New York State Unified Court System announced the new process in a press release on Friday, outlining the steps people must take in order to request their case records be destroyed. Unlike expungements, which required no action from people with past convictions, requesting the destruction of records means filing an official form with the court where the conviction occurred. The one-page form, available online or at courthouses, is free to file and requires only basic information about the case, including the individual’s name, the county and court where the conviction took place, the case number and current contact information. Completed forms can be filed in person at the court with official identification or sent by mail if first notarized by a notary public. The changes—both last year’s expungements and the new process to destroy conviction records—result from a law passed last year that expanded the decriminalization of cannabis possession in the state. The law automatically expunged thousands of past convictions on the grounds that people shouldn’t continue to be labeled criminals for behavior no longer deemed a criminal offense. As the court’s press release explains, those expunged convictions are already sealed from view in nearly all circumstances. The only parties able to see expunged records are…

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