Senior Reporter

Kevin Dayton

Months After Delivery, Portable Cells Sit Unused At Hawaii’s Largest Jail Courtesy: Department of Public Safety

Months After Delivery, Portable Cells Sit Unused At Hawaii’s Largest Jail

Crowded conditions in state-run jails are aggravating the spread of Covid-19, but the portable cells have been no help so far.

Honolulu Prosecutor Argues Against Further Inmate Releases Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Honolulu Prosecutor Argues Against Further Inmate Releases

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.

Panel Will Oversee Efforts By Prisons And Jails To Manage Pandemic Threat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Panel Will Oversee Efforts By Prisons And Jails To Manage Pandemic Threat

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.

State Public Defender Asks Supreme Court To Order More Inmate Releases Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

State Public Defender Asks Supreme Court To Order More Inmate Releases

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.

Covid-19 Is Surging Again At Hawaii Prisons. The Oahu Jail Is Especially Hard Hit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Covid-19 Is Surging Again At Hawaii Prisons. The Oahu Jail Is Especially Hard Hit

Staff members at the Oahu Community Correctional Center blame the failure to follow proper procedures to reduce infections.

Problems Persist As Corrections Officials Struggle To Comply With Federal Order Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Problems Persist As Corrections Officials Struggle To Comply With Federal Order

Settlement talks are underway including the creation of a panel to oversee reforms needed to cope with the pandemic in Hawaii’s prisons and jails.

Emerging Plan Would Pump Hotel Room Tax Revenue Into Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Emerging Plan Would Pump Hotel Room Tax Revenue Into Rail

HART is looking into helping to cover a $3.6 billion shortfall with a share of a new 3% city hotel tax, but the City Council is noncommittal and the hotel industry is wary.

Beating Death In Oahu Jail Ends With Acquittal Of Mentally Ill Killer Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Beating Death In Oahu Jail Ends With Acquittal Of Mentally Ill Killer

The murder of Jacob Russell, 56, drew attention to Hawaii’s practice of withholding information when inmates die in custody.

HART:  Financial Hit From COVID-19 Will Be Smaller Than Feared Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HART: Financial Hit From COVID-19 Will Be Smaller Than Feared

The rail authority initially projected it would lose $435 million in tax collections during the pandemic, but the impact may be less severe.