Sacramento District Attorney Jan Scully announced Thursday that she will not file charges against 73 of the 77 protesters arrested during March 5 protests at the state Capitol.
The vast majority 69 of the 77 were arrested for staying in the Capitol after hours.
The day of protesting cuts to higher education included a march organized by the student organizations within the University of California, California State University and California Community College systems, as well as an attempt to occupy the Capitol led by a group called ReFund California.
Scully's decision is consistent with her decision not to pursue charges against Occupy Sacramento protesters who were arrested for remaining in Cesar Chavez Park after hours.
Thursday's statement from Scully's office said it will examine still photos and video to determine whether charges should be filed against three protesters who police say resisted arrest after refusing to leave the Capitol after hours or attempting to hang an illegal banner within the Capitol. Another protester already has been charged with possessing an illegal switchblade.
"Protesters were all technically guilty of either refusing to leave the Capitol after the building was closed to the public or engaging in behavior prohibited on the grounds of the Capitol," the statement reads. "However, California Highway Patrol reports make it clear that the vast majority of the arrestees were 'passive resisters' and cooperative. In this time of limited resources, the arrests and detention of protesters by the CHP should serve as sufficient consequences for their actions."
The California Highway Patrol spent $166,000 in overtime costs to monitor the rally and Occupy demonstration.