Legal marijuana requires adjustments for police and prosecutors

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Rock Island County state's attorney preparing for new Illinois law

Rock Island County State’s Attorney Dora Villarreal joined 4 The Record this week. This is the second part of that conversation.

Going digital

One thing she’s doing is moving to a digital environment. That meant getting rid of more than $15,000 in legal research books.

You’re getting rid of paper copies and mail and doing more electronically instead.

Villarreal discussed how much waste there is in the prosecutor’s office that can be eliminated and what other steps need to be taken.

Caseloads

Villarreal reassigned caseloads to balance the work for the lawyers on staff regarding serious crimes and backlogged cases.

Villarreal shared how serious the backlog is, why there is a backlog and how she can help the older cases.

Marijuana

We’re watching Illinois put in the mechanisms for legal recreational marijuana.

Villarreal talked about how much this changes what she does as a prosecutor and what unintended consequences could come from it.

Watch the full conversation in the video above.

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