Kevin Dayton is the former Capitol Bureau chief for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He was formerly Capitol Bureau chief and Big Island Bureau chief for The Honolulu Advertiser, which was Hawaii’s largest circulation daily newspaper until it closed.
He also reported for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald in Hilo, the Honolulu bureau of the Associated Press, Sun Press weekly newspapers in Kaneohe, and the Tucson Citizen.
He also worked as an executive assistant and executive director for Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi, and is a former U.S. Army sergeant and infantry fire team leader.
He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii Manoa, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.
He and his wife Mahealani live in Hilo and have six children, five of them grown. They have been state-licensed foster parents since 2009.
Supreme Court justices signaled they may order corrections officials to make reports every 90 days on pretrial jail inmates.
A Big Island nonprofit plans to map underserved areas on the neighbor islands.
Oahu Community Correctional Center remains the site of the largest coronavirus outbreak in state jails and prisons.
But prison officials say they already comply with a 2019 law that requires reviews of all pretrial detainees every three months.
UHERO economist predicts more than 85% of Hawaii employees will work for companies with vaccination mandates, filling many of the gaps.
Crowded conditions in state-run jails are aggravating the spread of Covid-19, but the portable cells have been no help so far.
The prosecutor and corrections officials say the releases aren’t needed to reduce the spread of Covid-19 because inmates now have access to vaccines.
The state will allow a five-member panel to review its efforts to control the spread of Covid-19 after more than 2,700 inmates were infected.
The filing argues the threat from Covid-19 inside Hawaii prisons and jails is greater now than it was last year when some prisoners were released.