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Will There Be A New Oahu Jail? The Legislature Has Varying Answers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will There Be A New Oahu Jail? The Legislature Has Varying Answers

The Oahu Community Correctional Center continues to present a dilemma for lawmakers.

Hawaii Prison Reformers Call For New Approach To Guard Training Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prison Reformers Call For New Approach To Guard Training

An overhaul of the training program is competing with many other priorities.

Lawsuit: Guards Had Suicidal Inmate Cuffed, Let Him Bleed To Death Department of Public Safety Corrections Division

Lawsuit: Guards Had Suicidal Inmate Cuffed, Let Him Bleed To Death

A wrongful death lawsuit alleges that guards at Kulani Correctional Facility failed to render aid to a dying inmate and that it only came to light when another inmate came forward.

New Prison Oversight Commission Has A Full Plate Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat

New Prison Oversight Commission Has A Full Plate

Off to a slow start, the new commissioners say they want to take a wide-ranging look at the entire criminal justice system.

Three Hawaii Correctional Facilities Ban Contact Visits Despite Potential Benefits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Three Hawaii Correctional Facilities Ban Contact Visits Despite Potential Benefits

Studies suggest non-contact visits can be harmful for families, especially children.

Big Island: The $14 Million Jail Improvement Project Nobody Seems To Want

Big Island: The $14 Million Jail Improvement Project Nobody Seems To Want

State corrections officials, who unsuccessfully sought funding to build a new facility, are proposing construction of an annex to the overcrowded Hilo jail.

Public Safety Department Wants 15 More Guards But Can’t Fill Vacancies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Safety Department Wants 15 More Guards But Can’t Fill Vacancies

Some members of the House Finance Committee want to know how the new positions can be justified.

A Baking Job Helped A Federal Offender Transform Her Life After Prison Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Baking Job Helped A Federal Offender Transform Her Life After Prison

A Honolulu nonprofit’s support was essential to turning Kellyn Cabral’s life around, she says.

Aiea Board Gives Its Blessing To Preliminary Plans For A New Jail

Aiea Board Gives Its Blessing To Preliminary Plans For A New Jail

Many neighborhood board members don’t really want the new facility in Aiea, but they see the need for improving conditions for Oahu’s inmates.

Critics: New Hawaii Prison Commissioners Too Connected To Long-Troubled System Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Critics: New Hawaii Prison Commissioners Too Connected To Long-Troubled System

The new state commission is supposed to bring a new vision for prisons. But it’s made up of people who have been part of the problem.

SLIDESHOW: Inside Hawaii’s Prisons And Jails Cory Lum/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: Inside Hawaii’s Prisons And Jails

Civil Beat reporter Yoohyun Jung and photographer Cory Lum visited six state correctional facilities last week. No surprise, the facilities are overcrowded and seriously in need of repair.

Prisons Chief: A New Halfway House On The Way For Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Prisons Chief: A New Halfway House On The Way For Hawaii

The state’s only re-entry facility for federal inmates closed after the city of Honolulu purchased the building and destined it for drug treatment.