Special Report

Hawaii Behind Bars

March 2019

Friday, March 15

Maui Riot Just The Latest Sign Of Trouble In State’s Overcrowded Jails

Thursday, March 14

21 Maui Inmates Transferred to Halawa After Riot

Tuesday, March 5

Hawaii Prisons: ‘You Can’t Have A System Policing Itself’

Monday, March 4

The Roadblocks Are Rising For Much-Touted Bail Reform

February 2019

Tuesday, February 26

Bringing The Right To Vote Behind Bars

Friday, February 22

Hawaii Could Really Use This Federal Prison That Has Plenty Of Empty Cells

Thursday, February 14

Lawmakers: Release Information When A Prisoner Dies

Thursday, February 7

‘It’s A Crime’: Will Legislature Fix Hawaii’s Broken Bail System?

Monday, February 4

Looks Like We’ll Still Be Using Private Prisons On The Mainland For A While

January 2019

Tuesday, January 22

Bail Reform Could Get Serious Consideration From Legislature

Friday, January 4

Task Force Criticizes ‘Punitive Mentality’ Of Hawaii Criminal Justice System

October 2018

Monday, October 8

Hawaii’s Bail System Keeps Poor People In Jail Longer — So Where’s The Fix?

September 2018

Monday, September 10

Why Gov. Ige’s Plan For A New Oahu Jail May Be Premature

August 2018

Tuesday, August 28

New $525 Million State Jail Slated For Halawa

November 2017

Tuesday, November 14

Nevada’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Inmates Move In With Hawaii Prisoners

Wednesday, November 8

‘Preferred’ Jail Site Currently Houses Animal Quarantine Station

October 2017

Tuesday, October 3

Overcrowding May Have Sparked Attack On Oahu Jail Guards

Monday, October 2

The Disturbing State Of Mental Health Care In Hawaii’s Prisons

July 2017

Friday, July 14

No Relief In Sight For High Cost Of Prison Phone Calls

June 2017

Wednesday, June 21

Inmate Deaths Leave Families, Advocates Searching For Answers

May 2017

Tuesday, May 9

Hawaii’s Inaction On Replacing Jail Is A Victory For Justice Reformers

April 2017

Wednesday, April 12

Hawaii Set To Roll Back Nation’s Toughest Drug Paraphernalia Laws

February 2017

Friday, February 24

Bill Clamps Down On State’s Habit Of Segregating Inmates

Monday, February 6

Settlement Protects Religious Rights For Hawaiian Prisoners

Thursday, February 2

New Oahu Jail Will Cost Hundreds Of Millions

January 2017

Thursday, January 12

No Quick Fixes For Prison Overcrowding In Governor’s Budget

How Hawaii’s Prisoners Are Ending Up In Facilities All Over The Country

Tuesday, January 10

ACLU Calls For Federal Probe Of Hawaii Prison Conditions

December 2016

Thursday, December 22

Do Hawaii Prisons Overuse Solitary Confinement?

November 2016

Monday, November 21

Other States Are Shrinking Prison Populations — Why Not Hawaii?

Thursday, November 3

Private Prison Operator Sees A Financially Healthy Future

October 2016

Monday, October 31

Hawaii Prison Officials Say It Will Cost $23,000 For Public Records

Friday, October 21

Oahu’s Inmates Are Facing Some Seriously ‘Inhumane’ Conditions

Thursday, October 13

Hawaii Finds Itself Stuck As Others Abandon For-Profit Prisons

Wednesday, October 5

What To Do About Oahu’s Crumbling Correctional Center

September 2016

Tuesday, September 27

Only 215 Hawaii Prisoners Were Tested For Valley Fever In Arizona

Monday, September 26

Group Wants To Suspend Hawaii’s Effort To Build A New Jail

Thursday, September 8

New Visitation Policy For OCCC Inmates

Tuesday, September 6

Hawaii Prison Contractor Executives Were Convicted Of Fraud And Bribery

August 2016

Monday, August 29

Secret Deals: Prison Operator Is Mum On Hawaii Court Cases

Friday, August 19

Justice Department Will Stop Using Private Prisons

Wednesday, August 3

Arizona Prison Is Not Reporting Disease Cases To Health Agency

Tuesday, August 2

Hawaii Re-Ups With Arizona Prison For $45 Million Per Year

July 2016

Friday, July 22

Valley Fever Risk Won’t Slow Flow Of Hawaii Prisoners To Arizona

Wednesday, July 13

Why Hawaii Has A Double Standard On Isolating Prisoners

Tuesday, July 5

Hawaii Extends Negotiation On New Private Prison Contract

June 2016

Monday, June 27

A Deadly Dust Is Plaguing Hawaii Prisoners In Arizona

Monday, June 20

Hawaii Doesn’t Know If Prisoners Sent To Mainland Are Likelier To Reoffend

Thursday, June 2

Is Hawaii Doing Enough to Protect Transgender Inmates In Prisons?

May 2016

Wednesday, May 25

Is Hawaii Really Saving Millions By Using A Mainland Prison?

Wednesday, May 18

Hawaii Keeps Secret What Happens In Its Private Prison

Monday, May 9

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love

Monday, May 2

Experts: Act Now To Improve The Contract With An Arizona Prison

April 2016

Friday, April 29

Lawmakers Fail To Cut A Deal To Rebuild Hawaii’s Oldest Jail

CCA Submits The Only Bid For Hawaii’s Private Prison Contract

Monday, April 25

Prison Officials Quietly Move To Extend An Out-Of-State Contract

Friday, April 15

Lawsuit Claims Widespread Infringement of Prisoners’ Religious Rights

Tuesday, April 12

The Prison Visit That Cost My Family $2,370

Maui Riot Just The Latest Sign Of Trouble In State’s Overcrowded Jails Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui Riot Just The Latest Sign Of Trouble In State’s Overcrowded Jails

Pretrial detainees make up a big part of the inmate population. Meanwhile, most proposed reforms appear dead in Legislature.

21 Maui Inmates Transferred to Halawa After Riot Cory Lum/Civil Beat

21 Maui Inmates Transferred to Halawa After Riot

UPDATED: The pretrial detainees were upset about jail overcrowding, according to Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda.

Hawaii Prisons: ‘You Can’t Have A System Policing Itself’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prisons: ‘You Can’t Have A System Policing Itself’

A bill to establish an independent commission to oversee the state’s jails and prisons clears the House and heads to the Senate.

The Roadblocks Are Rising For Much-Touted Bail Reform Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Roadblocks Are Rising For Much-Touted Bail Reform

Despite passing the Hawaii House with unanimous support, the bill may face a rockier time in the Senate.

Bringing The Right To Vote Behind Bars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bringing The Right To Vote Behind Bars

Supporters, including the Department of Public Safety, are backing legislation that would make Hawaii one of a handful of states that allow inmates to cast a ballot.

Hawaii Could Really Use This Federal Prison That Has Plenty Of Empty Cells Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Could Really Use This Federal Prison That Has Plenty Of Empty Cells

Legislation to negotiate for the acquisition of the Federal Detention Center is moving rapidly through the Legislature, but the idea still faces big obstacles.

Lawmakers: Release Information When A Prisoner Dies Leo Azambuja

Lawmakers: Release Information When A Prisoner Dies

As the death toll mounts for inmates in custody, legislators push bills to force disclosure of information.

‘It’s A Crime’: Will Legislature Fix Hawaii’s Broken Bail System? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘It’s A Crime’: Will Legislature Fix Hawaii’s Broken Bail System?

Many people sit in jail awaiting trial on fairly minor offenses simply because they can’t afford to get out. This may be the year that changes.

Looks Like We’ll Still Be Using Private Prisons On The Mainland For A While Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Looks Like We’ll Still Be Using Private Prisons On The Mainland For A While

Legislative leaders who are trying to solve Hawaii’s prison crisis say it’s unrealistic to think we can move hundreds of inmates back here anytime soon.

Bail Reform Could Get Serious Consideration From Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bail Reform Could Get Serious Consideration From Legislature

A task force proposed reducing the number of pretrial inmates who remain incarcerated because they can’t afford the bail amount.

Task Force Criticizes ‘Punitive Mentality’ Of Hawaii Criminal Justice System Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Task Force Criticizes ‘Punitive Mentality’ Of Hawaii Criminal Justice System

UPDATED: The group opposes the construction of a bigger Oahu Community Correctional Center and calls for a new focus on rehabilitation.

Hawaii’s Bail System Keeps Poor People In Jail Longer — So Where’s The Fix? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Bail System Keeps Poor People In Jail Longer — So Where’s The Fix?

A state task force’s recommendations to the Legislature on pretrial procedures won’t contain any “big surprises,” despite calls for reform.