CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker introduced the forgiveness and expungement of about 500,000 prison hashish instances late final week. 

Pritzker stated he issued pardons for 9,210 low-level hashish convictions, whereas Illinois State Police have cleaned greater than 492,000 non-felony cannabis-related arrest data. 

The actions by Pritzker and state police have been mandated by the Illinois regulation that legalized the licensed sale of marijuana beginning in 2020. The intent of the regulation was to scale back the influence of the conflict on medication on minorities, who have been disproportionately arrested and locked up for hashish crimes.

“We are going to by no means have the ability to totally treatment the depth of that injury,” Pritzker stated. “However we will govern with the braveness to confess the errors of our previous and the decency to set a greater path ahead.” 

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Required by legalization regulation

The regulation required 47,000 cannabis-related arrest data created between 2013 and 2019 be expunged by Jan. 1, 2021. With the expungement of all 492,129 hashish arrest data, state police officers stated they’re forward of the January 2025 deadline for finishing automated expungements on the state stage.

Arrest data from DuPage, Kane, Knox, Lake, McHenry, McLean, Peoria, Rock Island, Will and Winnebago counties have been expunged. The remaining counties have 4 years to expunge arrest data.