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Critics Say Hawaii Prisons Are Failing To Help Released Inmates Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Critics Say Hawaii Prisons Are Failing To Help Released Inmates

Advocates say they’ve had to take over reentry services for prisoners released because of COVID-19 worries.

Special Master Recommends No Blanket Release Of Hawaii Inmates Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Special Master Recommends No Blanket Release Of Hawaii Inmates

Special Master Dan Foley filed an interim report with the Supreme Court Thursday saying the process should involve judges.

Hawaii Prison Plan For COVID-19 Emphasizes Hygiene Over Inmate Releases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prison Plan For COVID-19 Emphasizes Hygiene Over Inmate Releases

The state says that, despite overcrowding, there will be room to isolate sick inmates.

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.

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.

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.

Hawaii Law Enforcement Standards Board Wants More Money, More Time Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Law Enforcement Standards Board Wants More Money, More Time

In a resolution approved Tuesday, the board is asking the Legislature for $483,000 and four additional years to create uniform standards for police departments.

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.

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