Eleven potential sites for a new Oahu Community Correctional Center were identified Monday by the Hawaii Department of Public Safety.

The sites will be “further reviewed against common criteria to produce a short list” that will go through the environmental impact statement process, the department said in a press release.

Replacing the crumbling jail could cost up to a half-billion dollars, the governor’s office said in January.

As of Sept. 19, OCCC housed 1,356 inmates, more than twice its designed capacity.

Officials need to figure out the future of OCCC before development plans take hold in Kalihi.
The current site of OCCC in Kalihi. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

“The proposed new OCCC will modernize the jail by taking advantage of new cost-savings technologies and improve correctional services and safety for both inmates and staff,” the department said in the release.

“Everyone knows we need to replace OCCC and this is the first step to a much-needed new facility,” said Department of Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda in the release. “The next step is to reduce the list by applying criteria that includes the cost to develop as well as proximity to the courts and services. The final list will go through a stringent EIS process where public input will help us identify the best location.”

The possible locations include:

• The current site in Kalihi.

• Near the site of the Halawa Correction Facility.

• Near the site of the animal quarantine facility in Aiea.

• Two sites in Kalaeloa off of San Jacinto Street.

• A Kalaeloa site off of Saratoga Street.

• A Kalaeloa site off of Roosevelt Avenue.

• A Kalaeloa site off of Coral Sea Road near the Barbers Point Riding Club.

• A site near the Mililani Technology Park.

• Two sites in Waiawa near the H-2 freeway.


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