JAMESTOWN – Those with low-level marijuana convictions in New York can now apply to expunge their record.
A new form is posted online at NYCourts.gov for people with these convictions to get them erased.
New York Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes says that removing this stain from a record can give someone a second chance to succeed.
“They have a felony on their record, they can’t get a job, they can’t get access to credit, they can’t even get insurance, it’s very hard to get insurance these days when you have a felony. So what do you do? You recidivate,” Peoples-Stokes told our news partner WIVB News4. “The war on drugs has created a system that fuels the jail system rather invest in the lives of people. So I think you have to eliminate that barrier, and give people a chance to start over.”
There is no application fee to apply for expungement.