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Governor Ige, It’s Time For A New Public Safety Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Governor Ige, It’s Time For A New Public Safety Director

A stubborn insistence on sticking with flawed nominee Nolan Espinda seems to value loyalty over leadership.

Ige Stands By His Public Safety Chief After Senate Panel Calls For Espinda’s Ouster Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Stands By His Public Safety Chief After Senate Panel Calls For Espinda’s Ouster

UPDATED:  A Senate committee harshly criticized Nolan Espinda’s leadership of Hawaii’s prisons and the Sheriff Division.

Senators’ Questions About Jail Riot, Shootings Go Unanswered Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Senators’ Questions About Jail Riot, Shootings Go Unanswered

Committee members grow frustrated during a second hearing on the renomination of Nolan Espinda as director of the Department of Public Safety.

Lawmakers Revive Bail Reform Efforts To Reduce Overcrowding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Revive Bail Reform Efforts To Reduce Overcrowding

Several criminal justice measures are still alive and will likely be hashed out in Senate-House conference committees.

State Withholds Names Of Inmates Transferred After Maui Riot Department of Public Safety

State Withholds Names Of Inmates Transferred After Maui Riot

A total of 37 prisoners were flown to Oahu after their suspected involvement in the disturbance, but five have been returned to Maui.

An Inmate Riot In An Overcrowded Jail Shows Legislators Should Not Bail On Bail Reform Hawaii DPS

An Inmate Riot In An Overcrowded Jail Shows Legislators Should Not Bail On Bail Reform

One key bill is dead but lawmakers should still act on other legislation that could improve our jam-packed, aging correctional facilities.

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.

Senate May Invoke Rarely Used Subpoena Power For Hearing On Prison Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate May Invoke Rarely Used Subpoena Power For Hearing On Prison Chief

Nolan Espinda’s renomination to run the state’s prisons and jails is reported to be in peril.

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.

We Need Answers To Important Questions Before We Build A New Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We Need Answers To Important Questions Before We Build A New Jail

Moving OCCC from Kalihi to Halawa is a good idea. But questions of cost and operation remain, as does a full commitment to prison reform.

Murder Defendant Mistakenly Released Is Now Back In Custody Hawaii Dept. of Public Safety

Murder Defendant Mistakenly Released Is Now Back In Custody

Updated:Hawaii County police said Brian Lee Smith called them from a pay phone Thursday night to turn himself in.

Nevada’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Inmates Move In With Hawaii Prisoners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

The private Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona says the new prisoners will be fenced off and separated from the 1,600 Hawaii inmates.
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