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.
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.
Lengthy probation periods can be detrimental to families and community and to chances of reintegrating offenders.
Two inmates were found unresponsive in their cell, and one of them died in an apparent fentanyl overdose.
The state corrections commission encountered an array of problems during facility tours, including some serious safety violations.
Christopher Vaefaga was found unconscious and unresponsive in his cell in a module used to house gang members.
Tommy Johnson will become the director of Corrections and Rehabilitation after the Public Safety Department is dissolved on Monday.
After a brief impasse, Department of Public Safety Director Tommy Johnson is once again participating in meetings.
Other prisoners were seen entering the cell of Richard Taylor Jr. before his body was found at the Saguaro Correctional Center.
Colleagues praised Ted Sakai for his decades of service, saying he dedicated his career to making the system more humane.