New York City is planning to wipe out more than 1,400 warrants warrants connected to misdemeanor marijuana possession cases, including over 24 past convictions.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez made the announcement on Wednesday, noting that most of the warrants were “failure to appear” warrants related to low-level possession cases that the District Attorney’s office can no longer prosecute.
“The majority of these warrants were issued to black and Latino New Yorkers, and many are remnants of stop-and-frisk policies that harmed many of our communities and that the city has since abandoned,” Gonzalez said.
According to the New York Post, Gonzalez sees the new move as a positive outcome.
“I believe we must do what we can to repair the harms done to the individuals and the communities that were targeted in well-meaning, but misguided efforts of the past,” he said.
The plan is part of the DA’s “Begin Again” initiative, which was announced in September and will lead to some 20,000 cases being cleared.
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