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How These Bills Could Help Those With Serious Mental Illness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How These Bills Could Help Those With Serious Mental Illness

Advocates say the measures would be a huge victory for the state’s mental health and homelessness systems.

Flood-Ravaged Botanical Garden Set To Reopen On Kauai Contributed by National Tropical Botanical Garden

Flood-Ravaged Botanical Garden Set To Reopen On Kauai

Limahuli Garden & Preserve is home to dozens of endangered plants and birds found nowhere else on earth.

Hawaii Innocence Project Gains New Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Innocence Project Gains New Director

The group represents Albert “Ian” Schweitzer, one of three men convicted in the murder of Dana Ireland.

Feds Indict Two Honolulu Cops For Making Man Lick Urinal Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Feds Indict Two Honolulu Cops For Making Man Lick Urinal

They are accused of violating the victim’s civil rights. Four officers were initially disciplined after the January incident.

State Criticized For Cutting Services For The Developmentally Disabled Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Criticized For Cutting Services For The Developmentally Disabled

Agency representatives say they’ve gotten more efficient with the help of a new budgeting tool, but advocates for patients are filing more complaints.

Honolulu Police Chief Gets High Marks From Commission And Community Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Chief Gets High Marks From Commission And Community

A new cybercrime unit, better training to deal with the homeless and speeding up the hiring process are among numerous accomplishments in the first year.

HPD Chief Ballard Says Allegations Of Doctored Test Scores Are Unfounded Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Chief Ballard Says Allegations Of Doctored Test Scores Are Unfounded

The chief told the Honolulu Police Commission Wednesday the city settled the case for $550,000 for financial reasons.

Creating A Better Life For Hawaii’s Developmentally Disabled

Creating A Better Life For Hawaii’s Developmentally Disabled

Gov. Ige has proposed spending $7.7 million to overhaul the state DD program, which includes offering clients more opportunities for jobs and setting goals for themselves.

Shining Sunlight On The Honolulu Police Chief’s Performance Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Shining Sunlight On The Honolulu Police Chief’s Performance

In contrast to past practice, the police commission solicited input from a wide range of groups and the chief OK’d releasing the details of her annual review.

City Council Approves $550,000 Payment To Cop Who Claimed HPD Doctored Test Scores Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Council Approves $550,000 Payment To Cop Who Claimed HPD Doctored Test Scores

UPDATED: The payment will settle a lawsuit alleging Police Chief Susan Ballard, while commander of the police academy in 2008, took part in making it easier for recruits to pass.

Bill Focuses On Revolving Door Of Involuntary Psychiatric Treatments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Focuses On Revolving Door Of Involuntary Psychiatric Treatments

The measure would form a task force to find ways to make emergency mental health admissions more efficient, and better protect the public.

Mother Alleges Police Negligence In Shooting Death Of Her Son Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mother Alleges Police Negligence In Shooting Death Of Her Son

Pekelo Sanchez was killed inside a stolen pickup in 2017. Eight lawsuits alleging wrongful deaths caused by HPD officers have been filed since 2010.