Armendariz: Caught the Coronavirus in Jail? “Tough Biscuits”

The government uses fear-mongering to advance mass incarceration even with the Covid-19 pandemic. This writer seeks to quell the hate flowing from some fear-mongering by providing an inside perspective, based on his personal experience, on how the pandemic threatens the incarcerated, and by transmission to staff, the entire community.

Davidson: Record Expungement Unlocks Opportunities after a Criminal Conviction

Douglas B. Davidson, Board President of Community Legal Aid SoCal writes that too many people are unable to achieve their full potential due to the past convictions that hold them back. Expunging these convictions can open new opportunities, but many are unaware of their eligibility or have difficulty navigating the process.

While the legislature continues to discuss ways to provide relief to those with convictions, individuals need not wait. They may be eligible now. The sooner they get assistance, the sooner they can remove barriers to employment, housing, and other necessities. Services like those offered at legal aid organizations across California, including Orange County, can assist them through the process.

Perez: The SAPOA and Santa Ana’s House of Cards

Claudia Perez, who directs the Santa Ana-based advocacy group, Resilience Orange County, challenges Santa Ana city council members, asking whether they will allow their former police chief – who is suing the city alleging corruption – to seek his day in court or instead settle his case, hiding the true nature of political power in Santa Ana from local taxpayers.