…Governor will pardon thousands of former cannabis offenders

Unlike the expungement process, which must be handled by the court system, executive clemency allows the governor to pardon or exonerate anyone who’s committed a crime.

After the pardons are issued… Attorney General… will ask a circuit court judge to expunge the criminal records for every individual who’s been granted clemency. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Illinois residents are expected to have cannabis crimes erased from their records, allowing them greater access to housing benefits, employment, and government benefits. An executive pardon will forgive a conviction. Vacating a conviction will permanently remove it from court records. An expungement, however, will not remove it from court records, but will hide it from public view, so that no one can see it without a court order.

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Illinois Governor will pardon thousands of former cannabis offenders
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