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Honolulu Star-Advertiser To Cut 15 Newsroom Jobs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Star-Advertiser To Cut 15 Newsroom Jobs

The state’s largest newspaper trims its news staff by more than 10 percent as part of a cost-cutting initiative.

Only 215 Hawaii Prisoners Were Tested For Valley Fever In Arizona Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Only 215 Hawaii Prisoners Were Tested For Valley Fever In Arizona

About 1,400 Hawaii prisoners are incarcerated in Arizona, but only a fraction have been tested for a disease common in the Southwest.

Group Wants To Suspend Hawaii’s Effort To Build A New Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Group Wants To Suspend Hawaii’s Effort To Build A New Jail

An environmental review for replacing the Oahu Community Correctional Center is challenged for not offering alternatives to two proposed sites.

Job Cuts At The Star-Advertiser By ‘End Of The Month’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Job Cuts At The Star-Advertiser By ‘End Of The Month’

A management-union dispute leads to the rescinding of a second voluntary buyout offer at Honolulu’s daily newspaper.

Hawaii Prison-Reform Efforts Look To Be On Conflicting Paths Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prison-Reform Efforts Look To Be On Conflicting Paths

Lawmakers want a plan for a new jail finished before a task force decides what sort of new jail is needed.

Lawsuit Against Homeless Sweeps Could Cost Taxpayers $1M Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Against Homeless Sweeps Could Cost Taxpayers $1M

The city agreed to stop destroying homeless peoples’ belongings during sweeps but not before the legal fees piled up.

New Visitation Policy For OCCC Inmates Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Visitation Policy For OCCC Inmates

The jail will allow more visits but noncontact only. Prison-reform advocates say that’s a mistake.

AP: Fishermen Exploited In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

AP: Fishermen Exploited In Hawaii

An Associated Press investigation found that most fishermen on commercial vessels that dock at Hawaii piers are undocumented, poorly paid foreign workers.
New Chief For Paroling Authority Office of the Governor

New Chief For Paroling Authority

Gov. David Ige appoints a corrections veteran to the four-year tenure.
Hawaii Prison Contractor Executives Were Convicted Of Fraud And Bribery Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prison Contractor Executives Were Convicted Of Fraud And Bribery

Yet that hasn’t stopped a potential $1.3 million contract to study rebuilding OCCC from going to the New Jersey company.

Obama Commutes More Sentences Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Obama Commutes More Sentences

More than 600 commutations have been granted since 2009, but only two prisoners from Hawaii have benefited from the president’s clemency initiative.

Secret Deals: Prison Operator Is Mum On Hawaii Court Cases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Secret Deals: Prison Operator Is Mum On Hawaii Court Cases

Hawaii’s prison officials also refuse to disclose issues or costs once lawsuits involving CCA’s Arizona prison have been settled.