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Senate Committee Scraps Bill To Cut The Pay Of Hawaii Corrections Oversight Coordinator David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Senate Committee Scraps Bill To Cut The Pay Of Hawaii Corrections Oversight Coordinator

Both county prosecutors and the Hawaii Public Defender's Office urged lawmakers to reject the bill, which would have singled out a staff member at one agency.

Senators Move To Cut The Pay Of The Top Staffer On Hawaii’s Prison Oversight Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Senators Move To Cut The Pay Of The Top Staffer On Hawaii’s Prison Oversight Commission

Critics of the bill say it's the latest in a series of moves to undermine or defund the panel, which has drawn attention to major problems and the need for reforms.

Ben Lowenthal: Many States Are Moving To Shorten Probation Periods. Hawaii Isn’t One Of Them Provided: Alcohol Monitoring Systems Inc.

Ben Lowenthal: Many States Are Moving To Shorten Probation Periods. Hawaii Isn’t One Of Them

Lengthy probation periods can be detrimental to families and community and to chances of reintegrating offenders.

Big Island Police Seize Drugs After A Fatal  Overdose At The Hilo Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Big Island Police Seize Drugs After A Fatal Overdose At The Hilo Jail

Two inmates were found unresponsive in their cell, and one of them died in an apparent fentanyl overdose.

Hawaii Prisons Need More Thorough Internal Investigations, Commission Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Hawaii Prisons Need More Thorough Internal Investigations, Commission Says

The state corrections commission encountered an array of problems during facility tours, including some serious safety violations.

4 Oahu Inmates Face Manslaughter Charge In Fellow Prisoner’s Death (Courtesy photo Department of Public Safety)

4 Oahu Inmates Face Manslaughter Charge In Fellow Prisoner’s Death

Christopher Vaefaga was found unconscious and unresponsive in his cell in a module used to house gang members.

Hawaii Prison Chief Wants Department Changes To Bring ‘Paradigm Shift’ David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Hawaii Prison Chief Wants Department Changes To Bring ‘Paradigm Shift’

Tommy Johnson will become the director of Corrections and Rehabilitation after the Public Safety Department is dissolved on Monday.

Prisons Director And Corrections Commission Agree To Keep Talking And Meeting David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Prisons Director And Corrections Commission Agree To Keep Talking And Meeting

After a brief impasse, Department of Public Safety Director Tommy Johnson is once again participating in meetings.

Hawaii Inmate In Arizona Prison Died With Meth In His System Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Inmate In Arizona Prison Died With Meth In His System

Other prisoners were seen entering the cell of Richard Taylor Jr. before his body was found at the Saguaro Correctional Center.

Hawaii Prisons Oversight Commissioner Resigns Due To Health Concerns PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prisons Oversight Commissioner Resigns Due To Health Concerns

Colleagues praised Ted Sakai for his decades of service, saying he dedicated his career to making the system more humane.