David T. Johnson

David T. Johnson is professor of sociology at UH Manoa. He believes rich people should not have more rights than poor people.
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.
UH Football Cannot Go Back To The Future Cory Lum / Civil Beat

UH Football Cannot Go Back To The Future

Norm Chow was on the downside of his coaching career when he was hired by the University of Hawaii. It shouldn't repeat the mistake by bringing back June Jones.
We Need Police Accountability in Honolulu PF Bentley/Civil Beat

We Need Police Accountability in Honolulu

The city's police department shouldn't act as if it is above the law or as though cops are the law. Real oversight is necessary.