David T. Johnson

David T. Johnson is professor of sociology at the University of Hawaii Manoa and the author of many works on criminal justice, including “The Japanese Way of Justice: Prosecuting Crime in Japan,” which received awards from the American Sociological Association and the American Society of Criminology.
A Catastrophe Is Growing At Oahu’s Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Catastrophe Is Growing At Oahu’s Jail

Longstanding problems with overcrowding have now helped make OCCC the most dangerous place in Hawaii.

Honolulu Has Serious Police Problems Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Has Serious Police Problems

There’s a failure of political will to hold law enforcement accountable for its performance.

Sense And Nonsense On Releasing Jail And Prison Inmates Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sense And Nonsense On Releasing Jail And Prison Inmates

In many parts of America the coronavirus outbreak behind bars is far more widespread than previously believed.

Hawaii Needs To Release Inmates Soon, And On A Large Scale Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Needs To Release Inmates Soon, And On A Large Scale

We are at serious risk of a public health catastrophe in our correctional facilities and communities.

Let’s All Pitch In To A New Community Bail Fund Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Let’s All Pitch In To A New Community Bail Fund

Legislators passed some reform measures this session, but poor defendants are still discriminated against. A new nonprofit effort will help.

Honolulu Police Are Using Lethal Force Far Too Often Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Are Using Lethal Force Far Too Often

A high percentage of officer-involved shootings by the Honolulu Police Department involve circumstances that pose little threat to cops.

Hirono Finally Speaks Up About Sexual Assault Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hirono Finally Speaks Up About Sexual Assault

The U.S. senator was conspicuously silent when accusations were made about Dan Inouye.

Sense And Nonsense About Sex Offender Registries Screenshot: Hawaii News Now

Sense And Nonsense About Sex Offender Registries

The most common misconception is that everyone on the list is a predator who poses a substantial risk to strangers.

Honolulu’s Runaway Rail Project And The Fallacy of Sunk Costs Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Honolulu’s Runaway Rail Project And The Fallacy of Sunk Costs

The larger the sunk costs, the stronger the urge to continue. With Honolulu rail, this urge must be recognized and resisted.
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