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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.
Hawaii Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights Deferred Another Year PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights Deferred Another Year

A Senate committee decides the proposed constitutional amendment was flawed and expects a new version next session.
Should Hawaii Pay People Who Were Wrongfully Imprisoned? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Pay People Who Were Wrongfully Imprisoned?

State lawmakers are considering bills that would essentially provide a salary, health care and other compensation.
Dawn Ige Teams Up with Domestic Violence Action Center

Dawn Ige Teams Up with Domestic Violence Action Center

Hawaii's First Lady attends the center's 25th anniversary luncheon and says her husband, Gov. David Ige, is committed to the cause.
Honolulu Authorities Ramp Up Arrests, Prosecutions of Pimps Civil Beat

Honolulu Authorities Ramp Up Arrests, Prosecutions of Pimps

In some cases, prostitutes are viewed as the victims, rather than the criminals. A package of laws passed in 2011 has helped the fight against promoting prostitution.
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