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Illinois Awards $1.4M to Help Expunge Cannabis-Related Criminal Records

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The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation has awarded $1.4 million in grants to 18 organizations to help expunge cannabis-related criminal records.

Eighteen Illinois organizations have been awarded $1.4 million in grants from the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation to help expunge cannabis-related criminal records, WGEM reports. Beth Johnson, project manager for New Leaf Illinois, which was created by the foundation to address the state’s previous drug laws that disproportionately impacted communities of color, said the grants “will provide resources to organizations that are making a real difference in communities statewide.”   

The 18 organizations working under New Leaf Illinois have already assisted 1,700 people this year with legal counseling and filling out forms for expungement. Leslie Corbett, executive director of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, told WGEM that 80% of those they have helped so far have more charges than just cannabis violations.

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Illinois Awards $1.4M to Help Expunge Cannabis-Related Criminal Records

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