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Feds Step Up Enforcement Of Illegal Gambling In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Step Up Enforcement Of Illegal Gambling In Hawaii

Officials say asset forfeiture will be a key strategy in stopping and deterring the spread of illicit gambling houses.

Judge Says Puanas Should Get New Trial Against Katherine Kealoha Submitted

Judge Says Puanas Should Get New Trial Against Katherine Kealoha

Katherine Kealoha had been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars by a civil jury. But her uncle and grandmother are hoping to get that back.

ACLU: Hawaii Needs Fewer People In Prison, More Treatment Programs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

ACLU: Hawaii Needs Fewer People In Prison, More Treatment Programs

A new “Smart Justice” report argues the public would be safer if people got help instead of punishment.

Top Hawaii Sheriff Officials Lacked Basic Training For Decades Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Top Hawaii Sheriff Officials Lacked Basic Training For Decades

Three years after news reports first surfaced questioning a lack of training, the state Department of Public Safety finally releases records confirming the lapse.

Retired Judge Appointed To Prison Oversight Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Retired Judge Appointed To Prison Oversight Commission

Mike Town, who retired in 2010, was appointed by Senate President Ron Kouchi.

New Prison Oversight Commission Is Off To A Slow Start Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Prison Oversight Commission Is Off To A Slow Start

Reforming Hawaii’s aging and overcrowded prisons was a notable accomplishment of the 2019 Legislature. So what’s happened?

Effort To Impeach Honolulu Prosecutor Continues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Effort To Impeach Honolulu Prosecutor Continues

A Honolulu businessman isn’t giving up on his quest to oust Keith Kaneshiro.

Police Shootings Board Still Unsure On Public Disclosure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Shootings Board Still Unsure On Public Disclosure

The board went into a closed-door session to talk about how open to be with its reports.

Hawaii Prisons Director: Staff Shortages Are Driving Up OT Costs Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prisons Director: Staff Shortages Are Driving Up OT Costs

Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda also says the final report on the Maui jail riot isn’t quite finished yet.

Hawaii’s Only Federal Halfway House Is Closing, Putting More Offenders Behind Bars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Only Federal Halfway House Is Closing, Putting More Offenders Behind Bars

The city of Honolulu bought the building as a new home for the Sand Island Treatment Center.

New Police Standards Board Is Putting Itself On Hold Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Police Standards Board Is Putting Itself On Hold

The board voted to ask the Legislature for more time, money and staff, a request lawmakers have already turned down.

Former Honolulu Prosecutor Wants Court To Decide If He Can Run Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former Honolulu Prosecutor Wants Court To Decide If He Can Run Again

Under the city charter, Peter Carlisle has been out of the prosecutor’s office too long to qualify for the ballot.