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Special Master Appointed To Recommend On COVID-19 Jail Releases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Special Master Appointed To Recommend On COVID-19 Jail Releases

Meanwhile, one person at the Oahu jail is being tested for COVID-19 with results still pending.

Scam Artists Promised Mortgage Relief, Delivered Heartbreak To Hawaii Homeowners Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat

Scam Artists Promised Mortgage Relief, Delivered Heartbreak To Hawaii Homeowners

Anthony Williams ripped off homeowners in several states, prosecutors say. In Hawaii, some of his marks then enticed new victims in their Filipino community.

Honolulu Mayor: Prison May Be ‘Safest Place’ To Ride Out COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor: Prison May Be ‘Safest Place’ To Ride Out COVID-19

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s comments contradict the CDC and the experience of correctional facilities across the country where coronavirus is spreading rapidly.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Cutting Payroll Costs To Weather Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Cutting Payroll Costs To Weather Pandemic

The question for already-beleaguered media outlets nationwide is when steps such as furloughs and reduced work schedules can be lifted.

Public Defender’s Office Wants Hundreds More Hawaii Inmates Released Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Defender’s Office Wants Hundreds More Hawaii Inmates Released

The Supreme Court is considering the proposed releases to avoid a coronavirus outbreak in correctional facilities.

Some Hawaii Inmates Likely To Be Released Amid COVID-19 Concerns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Hawaii Inmates Likely To Be Released Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Under orders from the Supreme Court, the attorney general is spearheading a meeting to develop an evaluation process.

Hawaii Prison Plan For COVID-19 Emphasizes Hygiene Over Inmate Releases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prison Plan For COVID-19 Emphasizes Hygiene Over Inmate Releases

The state says that, despite overcrowding, there will be room to isolate sick inmates.

Honolulu EMS Sees Rise In Non-Emergency Coronavirus Calls Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu EMS Sees Rise In Non-Emergency Coronavirus Calls

The calls are stretching the department’s ability to respond to life-threatening emergencies.

Hawaii Prosecutors Retool Policies To Avoid Filling Up Jails During Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prosecutors Retool Policies To Avoid Filling Up Jails During Pandemic

One prosecutor — Justin Kollar of Kauai — has signed on to a national initiative to release some low level offenders not considered a threat to the community.