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Why Hawaii Has A Double Standard On Isolating Prisoners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Has A Double Standard On Isolating Prisoners

Hawaii lets its for-profit prison contractor set its own rules for what it terms “disciplinary segregation,” instead of solitary confinement.

Hawaii First State To Link Firearms Owners To FBI Database Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii First State To Link Firearms Owners To FBI Database

Gov. Ige signed legislation authorizing county police departments to enroll firearms applicants and individuals registering firearms in a federal service that monitors criminal records.

Hawaii Doesn’t Know If Prisoners Sent To Mainland Are Likelier To Reoffend Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

The state has little data on the effect of shipping prisoners to Arizona, but studies say a lack of family contact makes it harder to go straight.

Why Is It So Hard To Pass Police Reform In Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Is It So Hard To Pass Police Reform In Hawaii?

Lawmakers concede that tougher police accountability measures haven’t been a priority despite numerous high-profile cases of serious misconduct.

Is Hawaii Really Saving Millions By Using A Mainland Prison? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Hawaii Really Saving Millions By Using A Mainland Prison?

Many of the costs the state pays aren’t detailed in budget documents. And the expense is not the only issue.

Hawaii Keeps Secret What Happens In Its Private Prison Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Keeps Secret What Happens In Its Private Prison

Even when prisoners are murdered, state officials and their private contractor shield themselves from the public eye.

Future Of Hawaii Capitol’s Reflecting Pools Is As Murky As The Water Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Future Of Hawaii Capitol’s Reflecting Pools Is As Murky As The Water

Dead fish float in the greenish-brown pools, which have long been a headache for state maintenance workers.
Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love Flickr: James Cridland

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love

Neighbor island facilities received some significant financial help, but the state’s main facilities on Oahu will remain overcrowded and crumbling.

Prison Officials Quietly Move To Extend An Out-Of-State Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

The state will likely continue with Corrections Corporation of America in Arizona, despite a long history of problems.

Is The Proposed Review Of Police Killings Just ‘Window-Dressing’? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is The Proposed Review Of Police Killings Just ‘Window-Dressing’?

Some say a bill to create an independent review board would still keep the public in the dark for far too long.
How Did A Man Lose His Fingers And Feet To A Jailhouse Infection? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Did A Man Lose His Fingers And Feet To A Jailhouse Infection?

The state is on the hook for more than $7 million for neglecting a former inmate’s severe blood infection at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

‘We Need To Speak Out’: Lawmaker Fights For Police Reform Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘We Need To Speak Out’: Lawmaker Fights For Police Reform

Sen. Will Espero has long been an advocate for more police accountability. The arrest of a DLNR cop has him pushing even harder.

July 2016

Wednesday, July 13

Why Hawaii Has A Double Standard On Isolating Prisoners

June 2016

Thursday, June 23

Hawaii First State To Link Firearms Owners To FBI Database

Monday, June 20

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

May 2016

Tuesday, May 31

Why Is It So Hard To Pass Police Reform In Hawaii?

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 16

Future Of Hawaii Capitol’s Reflecting Pools Is As Murky As The Water

Monday, May 9

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love

April 2016

Monday, April 25

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

Monday, April 18

Is The Proposed Review Of Police Killings Just ‘Window-Dressing’?

Friday, April 8

How Did A Man Lose His Fingers And Feet To A Jailhouse Infection?

February 2016

Wednesday, February 10

‘We Need To Speak Out’: Lawmaker Fights For Police Reform

December 2015

Wednesday, December 23

Should State Profit From Exorbitant Cost Of Prison Phone Calls?

August 2015

Tuesday, August 25

Inmate Work Furlough Program: Statistical Success or a Public Danger?

Monday, August 17

What’s Happening to Hawaii’s Push for Criminal Justice Reform?

Monday, August 3

Ige: Number of Hawaii Prisoners Incarcerated in Arizona Will Go Up Before it Goes Down

September 2014

Friday, September 5

Hawaii Capitol to Prepare for ‘Active Shooter’ Scenario

April 2014

Thursday, April 24

Hawaii Takes ‘A Big Step’ in Making Police More Accountable for Misconduct

March 2014

Thursday, March 20

Honolulu Police Want to Keep Misconduct Away From Public Scrutiny

Tuesday, March 11

Prison Builders: Hawaii’s Billion Dollar Problem

February 2014

Wednesday, February 5

Can Misconduct Bill ‘Validate’ Public Trust in Hawaii Police?

January 2014

Friday, January 31

Hawaii Lawmaker Wants New Statewide Agency To Monitor Police

July 2012

Monday, July 30

Will Espero’s Hawaii Senate District 19 Survey

Will Espero