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Jury Decides Warden Isn’t Liable For Sexual Assaults In Hawaii Women’s Prison

Lawyers for women who were sexually abused say they will ask a federal judge to overturn the jury’s decision.

Sexual Assault Victims At Oahu Women’s Prison Seek More Than $8M In Damages Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Sexual Assault Victims At Oahu Women’s Prison Seek More Than $8M In Damages

The former and current Women’s Community Correctional Center inmates were assaulted by guards, and their lawyer alleged the warden failed to protect them.

Hawaii’s New Governor Will Have To Make Some Hard Decisions On Crime And Punishment Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii’s New Governor Will Have To Make Some Hard Decisions On Crime And Punishment

Something must be done about Hawaii’s overcrowded and run-down jails, or the courts may finally force the state to act.

Hawaii Corrections By The Numbers: Incarceration Declined In 2020, And So Did Crime Rates Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Corrections By The Numbers: Incarceration Declined In 2020, And So Did Crime Rates

Critics of Hawaii’s criminal justice policies have argued for years this state locks up too many people unnecessarily. The pandemic tested that idea.

Lawsuit: Working Cameras Needed To Prevent Sexual Assaults At Women’s Prison Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Lawsuit: Working Cameras Needed To Prevent Sexual Assaults At Women’s Prison

This is the second federal trial in the civil case dealing with claims by women inmates who say they were assaulted in the control booths of the facility.

Judge: Prison Officials Must Release Names Of Inmates Who Die In Custody Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Judge: Prison Officials Must Release Names Of Inmates Who Die In Custody

The ruling comes in a case brought by Civil Beat to force the state to reveal the names and details of people who die in jail and prison.

Another Death At The Maui Jail Is Apparently A Suicide Bryan Berkowitz/Civil Beat/2020

Another Death At The Maui Jail Is Apparently A Suicide

The death would be the sixth suicide at the facility in five years. Experts say staffing and a lack of mental health professionals on staff is a major concern.

Panel Report: Start Over On Plan For A New Oahu Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Panel Report: Start Over On Plan For A New Oahu Jail

A new report could be the focus of legislative discussions this coming session on a long touted and often criticized new Oahu jail facility.

Some Inmates Were Stuck At The Hilo Jail Because They Couldn’t Post $15 Bail Tim Wright/2019

Some Inmates Were Stuck At The Hilo Jail Because They Couldn’t Post $15 Bail

A state prisons expert says she was surprised by how bad the conditions are at the Big Island corrections facility.

The Son Of A Slain Oahu Jail Inmate Is Suing The State Over Lax Practices Submitted

The Son Of A Slain Oahu Jail Inmate Is Suing The State Over Lax Practices

Oahu Community Correctional Center failed to follow “common sense correctional practices” and placed the 62-year-old prisoner in jeopardy, the lawsuit says.