Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s Frontera Fund
The Frontera Fund non-profit is a non-profit charitable organization established by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. It was established by the men after they received a $3.2 million settlement against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio, the self-described “Toughest Sheriff In America,” has racked up a long list of illegal activities during his 24-year reign as sheriff. Fortunately, Arpaio lost his last bid for reelection last November.
He was also charged with criminal contempt, a charge that was sure to net him some jail time until he was pardoned by President Donald Trump.
The Larkin and Lacey saga happened back in Oct. of 2007 when several of Arpaio’s deputies forced the duo from their homes in handcuffs, placed them in the back of SUVs and booked them in jail. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Arpaio isn’t fond of people who write stories about him. Larkin and Lacey, also Village Media Voice executives, wrote a scathing article in the Phoenix New Times about Arpaio’s illegal activities.
The scathing expose shed light on many of the sheriff’s wrongdoings such as mysterious prisoner deaths at his jails, racial profiling, inhumane conditions at his jails and gross financial mismanagement.
Arpaio even went as far as to have subpoenas issued against journalists and readers.
Arpaio has a long history of stoking the fires of racism, stereotyping and violating the rights of Hispanics. He has also taken a hard stance against immigration.
After Larkin and Lacey won their settlement, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a blistering statement, wrote that rarely has their been such an abuse of power such as seen under Arpaio’s rule.
Although Arpaio lost his re-election bid in 2016 against Democrat Paul Penzone, who vowed to clean up the sheriff’s mess and bring the county back to respectability.
While many people who felt the wrath of Arpaio are seething at evasion of federal prison time, some solace can be taken at the fact that his stench will be permanently removed from law enforcement.
In the meantime, Larkin and Lacey are using the Frontera Fund to do good. The organization is helping many Hispanic citizens who didn’t fare well under Arpaio.