Author Archives: David Archer

California’s first Latino AG leads fight against presidential policies

By David Eugene Archer Sr. California Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Congressman Xavier Becerra to be the new California attorney general, reported The Guardian. Becerra is leading the state’s court battles with President Donald Trump over climate change, immigration and more, the newspaper story reported. Becerra is a 24-year veteran of Congress. He graduated from […]

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Prisons testing new drug to combat opioid addictions

By David Eugene Archer Sr. Some U.S. prisons are testing a monthly injection that could help addicted prisoners stay off opioids, reported The Associated Press (AP). The drug named Vivitrol is injected in the buttocks and lasts for four weeks, the story said. Each shot costs as much as $1,000, the Nov. 20 AP story […]

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Negative: Parolees leave prison homeless and jobless

By David Eugene Archer Sr. At least 13,500 low-level drug offenders were freed from prisons and jails by California voters in 2014, reported USA Today. “Did Prop 47 help?” the newspaper asked. The answer appears to be “not much.” Thousands are now homeless, jobless and again committing petty crimes. The Prop 47 releases exposed the […]

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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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