Author Archives: David Archer

Court OKs ex-warden’s trial for guard’s sex with inmates

By David Eugene Archer Sr. A former California prison warden can face trial in a sex abuse case, a federal appeals court ruled in October, said the Press Enterprise. Guillermo Garcia, former warden of the California Institution for Women (CIW), lost his appeal in a federal appeals court on Oct. 12, Oakland-based Justice First Attorneys […]

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$473.5 million spent on 17 state ballot measures

By David Eugene Archer Sr. The 17 propositions on the California November ballot set a new state record for donations at $473.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. Prop. 61, 56 and 52 accounted for more than half of the total contributions, according to the California Secretary of State records. That $473.5 million was […]

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Trump crea pánico en los dreamers

Por David Eugene Archer Sr. El Presidente electo Trump, esta causando preocupacion en los “Dreamers” (estudiantes indocumentados) de ser deportados, comento un periódico de Texas. En el 2012 el Presidente Barack Obama concedió un permiso de no deportación a   jóvenes inmigrantes indocumentados. Estos estudiantes “están asustados” con la elección de Donald Trump como presidente […]

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Dreamers fearful of deportation with President Trump

President-elect Trump causes immigrant “dreamers” to be fearful of deportation, according to a Texas newspaper. The young, undocumented immigrants, granted relief from deportation under President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order, are “freaking out” because of Donald Trump, the Texas Tribune reported. During “his smash-talking presidential run,” Trump promised to wipe away the order with a […]

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Dealing with opioid deaths in prison

By David Eugene Archer Sr. The Obama administration met with correctional officials in July to address the spike in overdose deaths in the nation’s jails and prisons due to opioid narcotics, reported Christopher Moraff. At this White House summit on July 17, Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, […]

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Justice Department’s new policy would fast track executions

By David Eugene Archer Sr. A contentious Justice Department policy that could speed up death-row executions is closer to taking effect, after a recent federal appeals court ruling. The opinion from the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this March tossed a 2013 lawsuit brought by the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in California and the […]

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County fines and fees keep defendants in poverty

By David Eugene Archer Sr. States and counties charge legal financial obligations to defendants keeping them in poverty, according to The Atlantic. Alexes Harris, the author of A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions for the Poor, categorized how jurisdictions across the country place court fines and fees called legal financial obligations (LFOs) on defendants that […]

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Prison Spending Increased With Lower Prisoner Count

By David Eugene Archer Sr. Even though the California prisoner count has dropped, spending has increased, according to a Sacramento Bee report. The report, written by Dan Walters, states that “something of a peace dividend was promised – or at least assumed – when California, according to federal court pressure, sharply reduced its prison population.” […]

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Rise in Female Prisoners Correlates With Poverty, Violence and Drug Dependence

By David Eugene Archer Sr. The female prison population in the United States from 2000 through 2009 rose by 21.6 percent while there was a 15.6 percent increase for men. In 2010, 205,000 women were in prison or jail. This growth resulted in families and communities that were torn apart, reported Julie Ajinkya, a policy analyst […]

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Friends Outside Helps to Reduce Recidivism Rate

By David Eugene Archer Sr. San Joaquin County’s recidivism rate is trending downward, according to the county probation department. San Joaquin County Chief Probation Officer Stephanie James in July presented an annual recidivism report to the County Board of Supervisors that reflected a decline in convictions of released prisoners. “We’re continually assessing the work that […]

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