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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.

An Innocent Man? Convicted Killer Says Maui Officials Destroyed or Lost Crucial Evidence

An Innocent Man? Convicted Killer Says Maui Officials Destroyed or Lost Crucial Evidence

He's spent nearly two decades in prison but Taryn Christian says he can prove that the investigation and prosecution into his 1995 murder case were rife with fraud. He's hoping the evidence — or lack of it — will set him free.
The Death of Aaron Torres: ‘What’s the Big Secret?’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Death of Aaron Torres: ‘What’s the Big Secret?’

Three Honolulu police officers were exonerated by their supervisors but then the city paid $1.4 million to settle the family’s lawsuit. So what really happened? Heavily redacted police reports obtained by Civil Beat are raising suspicions in a city that still lacks an independent oversight board.
Hawaii Ranked 5th for Safest to Live in US

Hawaii Ranked 5th for Safest to Live in US

We are first in safety from natural disasters but are in the middle of the pack on the road.
Spiritual Healing: A ‘More Hawaiian’ Way to Deal With Delinquent Kids Jessica Terrell / Civil Beat

Spiritual Healing: A ‘More Hawaiian’ Way to Deal With Delinquent Kids

Honolulu is piloting a program for troubled youths that focuses on trauma in their lives. Can it make a dent in the state’s high rate of arrests for minor crimes?
Are There No Hate Crimes in Hawaii? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Are There No Hate Crimes in Hawaii?

Not according to the FBI, although the federal data is misleading.
Are There More Guns Than People in Hawaii? Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Are There More Guns Than People in Hawaii?

Gun ownership has grown by 300 percent in the last 15 years with more than 400,000 guns registered in Hawaii.
Police Chief Says Homelessness Leads to Crime Spike in Hilo Flickr: Alan L.

Police Chief Says Homelessness Leads to Crime Spike in Hilo

The numbers are "shocking" and the department is working with property owners to find ways to address the situation.
Senator Decries ‘Barriers’ in Domestic Violence Cases Involving Cops Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senator Decries ‘Barriers’ in Domestic Violence Cases Involving Cops

A Senate committee approved a bill Tuesday that would eliminate any requirement for sworn complaints by domestic violence victims against police officers.
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