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Clemency For 3 Hawaii Men

With 330 new cases, President Barack Obama has granted more clemencies than any other president in history.

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

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

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

Do Hawaii Prisons Overuse Solitary Confinement?

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

Former Big Island Prison Warden Sues State Over Firing

Ruth Forbes’ lawsuit alleges disgruntled employees conspired to get her fired.

Where Will A New Oahu Community Correctional Center Be Built?

Eleven sites are under consideration, the Hawaii Department of Pubic Safety announced Monday.

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

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

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

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

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.

Do Officials Really Want To Know What Kalihi Residents Think?

Big projects are on the horizon, but some people feel that community-input meetings are designed to manipulate the message.

Longer Comment Period For OCCC

The public has 30 more days to comment on the future of the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

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.

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

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

Residents Try To Imagine Kalihi Without Its 100-Year-Old Jail

With rail on the horizon, Kalihi community leaders say the Oahu Community Correctional Center needs to go. If gone, what will fill the 16-acre space?