• The dismissal of 66,000 marijuana convictions in L.A. County announced Feb. 13 signals progress, says LA County Public Defender Ricardo Garcia.

  • The LA County Public Defender’s Office leads a $1.2 million MacArthur grant to divert people suffering from mental illness out of jails and into treatment.

  • Donning caps and gowns, those who had successfully completed rigorous drug treatment programs marched into Judge Karen Ackerson Gauff’s courtroom in Compton.

Changing Lives

Need a better job, benefits or housing? Is your past harming your future? The Public Defender offers many free, record-clearing clinics each month.

Prop. 64: The Cannabis Law

Prop. 64 allows anyone to apply to have their past marijuana-related offenses reduced or expunged. Roughly 200,000 LA County residents are eligible.

Click here for photo credits

For inquiries, call:  (213) 974-2811