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Turn Over a New Leaf

On February 9th, The Conflict Center will be the first physical location where people who have been formerly convicted of a crime involving marijuana may get their records sealed. This is an effort of the Denver District Attorney, the Denver City Attorney, and the City of Denver given the passage of Colorado Amendment 64 in 2012 that effectively legalized marijuana. The Conflict Center applauds this effort as a first step in a meaningful process to do justice by folks who were criminalized for using a substance that is now legal in the state of Colorado. As an organization, we believe that this speaks to the larger narrative of reducing our use of the criminal justice system to address non-violent offenses, especially considering the disproportionate impact on people of color and people experiencing poverty. We hope that this is a start towards reconciliation. We look forward to more opportunities to work with the Denver District Attorney and other agencies to avoid using the criminal justice system in cases where it is not warranted, and to lift the use of restoratives practices in navigating conflict and harm. If you or someone you know might qualify to wipe clean your low-level marijuana convictions from your record, please join us on February 9th from 9am-1pm for a clinic focused on this process or visit denvergov.org/anewleaf for more information and details on eligibility.

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