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Hawaii Drug Offenders To Be Freed Early In Federal Sentencing Overhaul flickr: mhsneon

Hawaii Drug Offenders To Be Freed Early In Federal Sentencing Overhaul

First 31 Hawaii inmates will be released next week, as part of the largest nationwide release of federal inmates in history.

Hawaii Panel to Keep Prisoners From Reoffending Does Nothing — And Never Has Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Panel to Keep Prisoners From Reoffending Does Nothing — And Never Has

Legislators created the Re-entry Commission in 2009 and revamped it in 2012. But, to date, it has never had a quorum at a meeting.

Lawsuit: Coverup In Honolulu Police Custody Death Honolulu Police Department

Lawsuit: Coverup In Honolulu Police Custody Death

Sheldon Haleck died in March after a run-in with Honolulu police officers, yet little information has been release to his family or the public.
Ex-HPD Officer Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Attacks Screen shot from KITV

Ex-HPD Officer Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Attacks

Vincent Morre was caught on surveillance video beating two men inside a Honolulu game room. Two more officers who were on the scene are scheduled to be sentenced for trying to cover it up.
Hawaii Man Faces Child Porn Charges Ozzzie/Flickr

Hawaii Man Faces Child Porn Charges

Grand jury charges David Sisombath with multiple counts of child abuse and child pornography.
Hawaii Innocence Project: ‘Justice Is A Matter of the Heart’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Innocence Project: ‘Justice Is A Matter of the Heart’

A legal clinic trying to exonerate those who have been wrongfully convicted has new leadership that's hoping to free more innocent people.
Teen’s Mom: ‘It’s Not that He’s A Criminal. He’s Mentally Ill’ Gene Park / Civil Beat

Teen’s Mom: ‘It’s Not that He’s A Criminal. He’s Mentally Ill’

Hawaii is underserving its 12,000 youths who suffer from mental illness, and the problem is getting worse.
When Cops Become Criminals: Arrests of HPD Officers Point to a ‘Culture of Corruption’ PF Bentley/Civil Beat

When Cops Become Criminals: Arrests of HPD Officers Point to a ‘Culture of Corruption’

Dozens of Honolulu police officers have been arrested over the past few years for crimes ranging from drunken driving and tampering with government records to sex assault and extortion.
Inmate Work Furlough Program: Statistical Success or a Public Danger? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Inmate Work Furlough Program: Statistical Success or a Public Danger?

Prison-reform advocates and tough-on-crime proponents glean different conclusions from the same numbers concerning well-publicized prisoners who walk away — and the few who commit new crimes.

What’s Happening to Hawaii’s Push for Criminal Justice Reform? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

What’s Happening to Hawaii’s Push for Criminal Justice Reform?

In 2012, the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative set lofty goals to achieve higher efficiency and a lower inmate population. There’s been practically no progress so far.

Death of Hawaii Prisoner Under Investigation at Arizona Prison Hawaii Department of Public Safety

Death of Hawaii Prisoner Under Investigation at Arizona Prison

Convicted of third-degree arson, Jonathan Namauleg had a murderer for a roommate.

Ige: Number of Hawaii Prisoners Incarcerated in Arizona Will Go Up Before it Goes Down Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige: Number of Hawaii Prisoners Incarcerated in Arizona Will Go Up Before it Goes Down

The governor acknowledges that sending prisoners to the mainland is not ideal but says there is little choice for now because the prison in Halawa needs upgrading and the jail in Kalihi needs to be replaced.

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