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How A ‘First Step’ In Prison Reform Sparked A Public Backlash And A Likely Veto Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

How A ‘First Step’ In Prison Reform Sparked A Public Backlash And A Likely Veto

The bail reform bill was seen as a minor adjustment — but the public outcry could make lawmakers wary of pursuing it again.

The Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility Has No Girls. Can It Do The Same For Boys? Courtesy: Partners in Development Foundation

The Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility Has No Girls. Can It Do The Same For Boys?

Advocates say years of reforms and efforts by nonprofit organizations and state agencies are finally paying off.

Woman Dies After Apparent Suicide At Oahu Jail Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2022

Woman Dies After Apparent Suicide At Oahu Jail

The death of Diamond Simeona-Agoo at the Oahu Community Correctional Center is the second apparent suicide in a Hawaii jail this month.

Staffing Shortages At The Oahu Jail Are Raising Alarms About Safety And OT Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Staffing Shortages At The Oahu Jail Are Raising Alarms About Safety And OT Costs

Officers at Oahu Community Correctional Center say they are exhausted from working extra shifts with more frequent lockdowns.

Another Prisoner Dies By Suicide At The Maui Jail Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Another Prisoner Dies By Suicide At The Maui Jail

Staff at Maui Community Correctional Center say it’s the fifth suicide at the jail in less than five years.

Hawaii Prisons Phone Service Provider To Repay Inmates Up To $67 Million Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2015

Hawaii Prisons Phone Service Provider To Repay Inmates Up To $67 Million

The lawsuit alleges Global Tel Link overcharged inmates and their families, and people who used the system have until next week to file for reimbursement.

Former Prison Chief Nolan Espinda Found Dead At Kailua Beach Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Former Prison Chief Nolan Espinda Found Dead At Kailua Beach

Espinda abruptly retired in 2020 as Covid-19 spread through the state correctional system, and public worker unions called for his ouster.

An Inmate’s Suicide Is Prompting Calls For ‘Meaningful Change’ In Hawaii’s Prison System Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

An Inmate’s Suicide Is Prompting Calls For ‘Meaningful Change’ In Hawaii’s Prison System

The prison director told an oversight commission that the correctional system is trying to prevent inmate suicide but can do better.

Investigation Shows Hawaii Prison Officials Tried To Cover Up Errors Leading Up To An Inmate’s Death Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Investigation Shows Hawaii Prison Officials Tried To Cover Up Errors Leading Up To An Inmate’s Death

The internal affairs report claimed staff had been trained in suicide prevention policies, and a guard made the required cell checks. Neither was true, and an inmate died.

Hawaii Lawmakers Reach Agreement On Cash Bail Reform Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Lawmakers Reach Agreement On Cash Bail Reform

A measure to let people accused of nonviolent misdemeanors go free without bail will be put to a final vote in the House and Senate next week.