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Ask the DA: Sim Gill explains downgrading of non-violent, non-distribution drug convictions

Posted at 7:15 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 22:51:15-04

SALT LAKE CITY — In this month's "Ask the DA" segment, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill joined Max Roth in the Fox 13 studio to discuss a reform of the county's criminal justice system announced earlier this week that benefits thousands of people convicted of possessing illegal drugs.

Gill and his staff have spent the last six months reviewing around 100,000 cases dated between 1997 and 2015. After reviewing those cases, they've identified 12,334 people who are eligible to have their prior drug convictions reduced.

"The purpose of these reductions is to make more people eligible for automatic expungement," Gill explained. "Once you have paid your debt to society, you shouldn't be held back."

Cases that also included charges of driving under the influence, crimes of violence, weapon offenses, sexual battery, lewdness offenses or domestic violence offenses were not deemed eligible for the related drug charge reductions.