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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.
‘Preferred’ Jail Site Currently Houses Animal Quarantine Station Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Preferred’ Jail Site Currently Houses Animal Quarantine Station

The Halawa Valley project's $525 million price tag includes $17.5 million for a new quarantine facility.
Overcrowding May Have Sparked Attack On Oahu Jail Guards Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Overcrowding May Have Sparked Attack On Oahu Jail Guards

An uprising of up to 18 prisoners injured three correctional officers at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

The Disturbing State Of Mental Health Care In Hawaii’s Prisons Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Disturbing State Of Mental Health Care In Hawaii’s Prisons

Despite gains made under Justice Department oversight, care of mentally ill prisoners has slipped to troubling levels in recent years.

Hawaii Prison Warden’s Case Shows Firing A Public Worker Isn’t Easy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prison Warden’s Case Shows Firing A Public Worker Isn’t Easy

Despite dozens of sexual harassment and discrimination concerns, appeals board says her prior clean record counts for a lot.

Why Is A High-Tech Agency Building A Center For Cops And Rescue Workers? Hawaii Technology Development Corp./University of Hawaii Community Design Center

Why Is A High-Tech Agency Building A Center For Cops And Rescue Workers?

The project raises questions about whether the Hawaii Technology Development Corp. is stepping away from its mission and legislative mandate.

No Relief In Sight For High Cost Of Prison Phone Calls Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Relief In Sight For High Cost Of Prison Phone Calls

After a federal court overturned a national limit on the price of the calls, activists turn to state and local governments.

Inmate Deaths Leave Families, Advocates Searching For Answers Leo Azambuja

Inmate Deaths Leave Families, Advocates Searching For Answers

The deaths of eight inmates, including five suicides, at local correction facilities during the last 18 months have spurred calls for changes.

 

Hawaii’s Inaction On Replacing Jail Is A Victory For Justice Reformers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Inaction On Replacing Jail Is A Victory For Justice Reformers

The failure by the Legislature to agree on a plan to replace the overcrowded Oahu Community Correctional Center buys more time to study broader reforms.
Ian Lind: Union Says Suspensions Shouldn’t Stop Prison Guard Promotions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Union Says Suspensions Shouldn’t Stop Prison Guard Promotions

The United Public Workers has fought a state promotion policy for years, and now the case is going to the Hawaii Supreme Court.

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