Special Report

Hawaii Behind Bars

February 2017

Friday, February 24

Bill Clamps Down On State’s Habit Of Segregating Inmates

Monday, February 6

Settlement Protects Religious Rights For Hawaiian Prisoners

January 2017

Thursday, January 12

No Quick Fixes For Prison Overcrowding In Governor’s Budget

How Hawaii’s Prisoners Are Ending Up In Facilities All Over The Country

Tuesday, January 10

ACLU Calls For Federal Probe Of Hawaii Prison Conditions

December 2016

Thursday, December 22

Do Hawaii Prisons Overuse Solitary Confinement?

November 2016

Monday, November 21

Other States Are Shrinking Prison Populations — Why Not Hawaii?

Thursday, November 3

Private Prison Operator Sees A Financially Healthy Future

October 2016

Monday, October 31

Hawaii Prison Officials Say It Will Cost $23,000 For Public Records

Friday, October 21

Oahu’s Inmates Are Facing Some Seriously ‘Inhumane’ Conditions

Thursday, October 13

Hawaii Finds Itself Stuck As Others Abandon For-Profit Prisons

Wednesday, October 5

What To Do About Oahu’s Crumbling Correctional Center

September 2016

Tuesday, September 27

Only 215 Hawaii Prisoners Were Tested For Valley Fever In Arizona

Monday, September 26

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

Tuesday, September 6

Hawaii Prison Contractor Executives Were Convicted Of Fraud And Bribery

August 2016

Monday, August 29

Secret Deals: Prison Operator Is Mum On Hawaii Court Cases

Friday, August 19

Justice Department Will Stop Using Private Prisons

Wednesday, August 3

Arizona Prison Is Not Reporting Disease Cases To Health Agency

Tuesday, August 2

Hawaii Re-Ups With Arizona Prison For $45 Million Per Year

July 2016

Friday, July 22

Valley Fever Risk Won’t Slow Flow Of Hawaii Prisoners To Arizona

Wednesday, July 13

Why Hawaii Has A Double Standard On Isolating Prisoners

Tuesday, July 5

Hawaii Extends Negotiation On New Private Prison Contract

June 2016

Monday, June 27

A Deadly Dust Is Plaguing Hawaii Prisoners In Arizona

Monday, June 20

Hawaii Doesn’t Know If Prisoners Sent To Mainland Are Likelier To Reoffend

Thursday, June 2

Is Hawaii Doing Enough to Protect Transgender Inmates In Prisons?

May 2016

Wednesday, May 25

Is Hawaii Really Saving Millions By Using A Mainland Prison?

Wednesday, May 18

Hawaii Keeps Secret What Happens In Its Private Prison

Monday, May 9

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love

Monday, May 2

Experts: Act Now To Improve The Contract With An Arizona Prison

April 2016

Friday, April 29

Lawmakers Fail To Cut A Deal To Rebuild Hawaii’s Oldest Jail

CCA Submits The Only Bid For Hawaii’s Private Prison Contract

Monday, April 25

Prison Officials Quietly Move To Extend An Out-Of-State Contract

Tuesday, April 12

The Prison Visit That Cost My Family $2,370

Bill Clamps Down On State’s Habit Of Segregating Inmates Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Clamps Down On State’s Habit Of Segregating Inmates

A proposal to reduce the use of and length of inmate isolation is headed for a vote of the full Hawaii Senate.

Settlement Protects Religious Rights For Hawaiian Prisoners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Settlement Protects Religious Rights For Hawaiian Prisoners

The lawsuit sought to ensure Native Hawaiians being held in an Arizona prison could engage in customary religious practices.

No Quick Fixes For Prison Overcrowding In Governor’s Budget Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Quick Fixes For Prison Overcrowding In Governor’s Budget

The Department of Public Safety has not started on expansion of three jails, a $37.5 million project approved by lawmakers last year.

How Hawaii’s Prisoners Are Ending Up In Facilities All Over The Country Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Hawaii’s Prisoners Are Ending Up In Facilities All Over The Country

But, citing privacy and security reasons, state prison officials won’t say why prisoners are being transferred or where they have gone.

ACLU Calls For Federal Probe Of Hawaii Prison Conditions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

ACLU Calls For Federal Probe Of Hawaii Prison Conditions

The complaint alleges overcrowding has led to “systemwide deterioration” at seven prisons and jails.

Do Hawaii Prisons Overuse Solitary Confinement? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Do Hawaii Prisons Overuse Solitary Confinement?

Most of the state’s maximum-custody inmates live in special holding cells for up to 23 hours per day. The policy bucks a national trend.

Other States Are Shrinking Prison Populations — Why Not Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Other States Are Shrinking Prison Populations — Why Not Hawaii?

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative approved in 2012 was supposed to be a game-changer in the islands. It hasn’t been.

Private Prison Operator Sees A Financially Healthy Future Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Private Prison Operator Sees A Financially Healthy Future

Corrections Corporation of America says rebranding itself as CoreCivic will help its bottom line.

Hawaii Prison Officials Say It Will Cost $23,000 For Public Records Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prison Officials Say It Will Cost $23,000 For Public Records

Eight months after we asked, the state wants big bucks for records pertaining to violence at an Arizona prison.

Oahu’s Inmates Are Facing Some Seriously ‘Inhumane’ Conditions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu’s Inmates Are Facing Some Seriously ‘Inhumane’ Conditions

The feds stepped in once before. Hawaii needs a mix of expanded facilities and a decrease in prisoners to avoid losing control again.

Hawaii Finds Itself Stuck As Others Abandon For-Profit Prisons Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Finds Itself Stuck As Others Abandon For-Profit Prisons

Even as the ground shifts nationally away from private prisons, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said he sees no way it will change here anytime soon.

What To Do About Oahu’s Crumbling Correctional Center Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What To Do About Oahu’s Crumbling Correctional Center

Several efforts are underway to find a solution to Hawaii’s prison problems, but coordination is lacking.