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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.

Hawaii Set To Roll Back Nation’s Toughest Drug Paraphernalia Laws Steven Depolo/Flickr.com

Hawaii Set To Roll Back Nation’s Toughest Drug Paraphernalia Laws

A bill decriminalizing the possession or sale of pipes, bongs and other drug paraphernalia is cruising through the Legislature, despite strong opposition from prosecutors.

Bill Clamps Down On State’s Habit Of Segregating Inmates Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Clamps Down On State’s Habit Of Segregating Inmates

A proposal to reduce the use of and length of inmate isolation is headed for a vote of the full Hawaii Senate.

November 2017

Tuesday, November 14

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

Wednesday, November 8

‘Preferred’ Jail Site Currently Houses Animal Quarantine Station

October 2017

Tuesday, October 3

Overcrowding May Have Sparked Attack On Oahu Jail Guards

Monday, October 2

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

September 2017

Monday, September 11

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

July 2017

Monday, July 17

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

Friday, July 14

No Relief In Sight For High Cost Of Prison Phone Calls

June 2017

Wednesday, June 21

Inmate Deaths Leave Families, Advocates Searching For Answers

May 2017

Tuesday, May 9

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

April 2017

Wednesday, April 19

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

Wednesday, April 12

Hawaii Set To Roll Back Nation’s Toughest Drug Paraphernalia Laws

February 2017

Friday, February 24

Bill Clamps Down On State’s Habit Of Segregating Inmates

Wednesday, February 22

Ian Lind: Count On Hawaii To Ignore Logical Prison Report

Monday, February 6

Settlement Protects Religious Rights For Hawaiian Prisoners

Thursday, February 2

New Oahu Jail Will Cost Hundreds Of Millions

January 2017

Thursday, January 12

No Quick Fixes For Prison Overcrowding In Governor’s Budget

How Hawaii’s Prisoners Are Ending Up In Facilities All Over The Country

Tuesday, January 10

ACLU Calls For Federal Probe Of Hawaii Prison Conditions

December 2016

Thursday, December 22

Do Hawaii Prisons Overuse Solitary Confinement?

November 2016

Tuesday, November 29

Former Big Island Prison Warden Sues State Over Firing

Monday, November 21

Other States Are Shrinking Prison Populations — Why Not Hawaii?

Thursday, November 3

Private Prison Operator Sees A Financially Healthy Future

October 2016

Monday, October 31

Hawaii Prison Officials Say It Will Cost $23,000 For Public Records

Friday, October 21

Oahu’s Inmates Are Facing Some Seriously ‘Inhumane’ Conditions

Thursday, October 13

Hawaii Finds Itself Stuck As Others Abandon For-Profit Prisons

Wednesday, October 5

What To Do About Oahu’s Crumbling Correctional Center

September 2016

Monday, September 26

Group Wants To Suspend Hawaii’s Effort To Build A New Jail

Thursday, September 8

New Visitation Policy For OCCC Inmates

Wednesday, September 7

New Chief For Paroling Authority

Tuesday, September 6

Hawaii Prison Contractor Executives Were Convicted Of Fraud And Bribery

August 2016

Monday, August 29

Secret Deals: Prison Operator Is Mum On Hawaii Court Cases

Wednesday, August 24

CCA Faces Shareholder Revolt

Friday, August 19

Justice Department Will Stop Using Private Prisons

Wednesday, August 3

Arizona Prison Is Not Reporting Disease Cases To Health Agency

Tuesday, August 2

Hawaii Re-Ups With Arizona Prison For $45 Million Per Year

July 2016

Friday, July 22

Valley Fever Risk Won’t Slow Flow Of Hawaii Prisoners To Arizona

Wednesday, July 13

Why Hawaii Has A Double Standard On Isolating Prisoners

Tuesday, July 5

Hawaii Extends Negotiation On New Private Prison Contract

June 2016

Monday, June 27

A Deadly Dust Is Plaguing Hawaii Prisoners In Arizona

Monday, June 20

Hawaii Doesn’t Know If Prisoners Sent To Mainland Are Likelier To Reoffend

Thursday, June 2

Is Hawaii Doing Enough to Protect Transgender Inmates In Prisons?

May 2016

Wednesday, May 25

Is Hawaii Really Saving Millions By Using A Mainland Prison?

Wednesday, May 18

Hawaii Keeps Secret What Happens In Its Private Prison

Monday, May 9

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love

Monday, May 2

Experts: Act Now To Improve The Contract With An Arizona Prison

April 2016

Friday, April 29

CCA Submits The Only Bid For Hawaii’s Private Prison Contract

Monday, April 25

Prison Officials Quietly Move To Extend An Out-Of-State Contract

Friday, April 15

Lawsuit Claims Widespread Infringement of Prisoners’ Religious Rights

Tuesday, April 12

The Prison Visit That Cost My Family $2,370

Friday, April 8

How Did A Man Lose His Fingers And Feet To A Jailhouse Infection?

March 2016

Monday, March 7

Prison Operator Wants Native Hawaiian Prisoners’ Suit Wrapped Up

February 2016

Tuesday, February 16

State Pulls Request For Prison Environmental Studies Exemption

Thursday, February 11

Lawmakers Consider Releasing Some Offenders To Relieve Overcrowding

Tuesday, February 9

‘Smart On Crime’: Lawmakers Take Up Wide-Ranging Reforms

January 2016

Thursday, January 28

OCCC Relocation Could Be Almost A Half-Billion-Dollar Proposition

Ankle Bracelets Could Help Cut Hawaii Prison Costs And Overcrowding

Friday, January 22

Jailhouse Rock: Moving OCCC Is A Priority For Gov Ige

Thursday, January 21

Lawsuit Claims Native Hawaiian Religion Being Restricted Behind Bars

Tuesday, January 12

Ige’s Proposed Budget Tackles Chronic Overcrowding At Jails

November 2015

Monday, November 2

Phoning Home From Prison: Excessive Prices Will Be Reined In

October 2015

Wednesday, October 21

Hawaii Panel to Keep Prisoners From Reoffending Does Nothing — And Never Has

September 2015

Tuesday, September 29

Treating Hawaii’s Sex Offenders: ‘Here, We Don’t Give Up on People’

August 2015

Tuesday, August 25

Inmate Work Furlough Program: Statistical Success or a Public Danger?

Monday, August 17

What’s Happening to Hawaii’s Push for Criminal Justice Reform?

Monday, August 3

Ige: Number of Hawaii Prisoners Incarcerated in Arizona Will Go Up Before it Goes Down

June 2015

Tuesday, June 9

Denby Fawcett: Redemption in Halawa Prison

April 2015

Tuesday, April 7

Where Did HSTA Stand on Resolutions to Increase Teacher Pay?

September 2014

Friday, September 5

Hawaii Capitol to Prepare for ‘Active Shooter’ Scenario

March 2014

Tuesday, March 11

Prison Builders: Hawaii’s Billion Dollar Problem

December 2013

Saturday, December 28

Governor Taps More Funds for Hawaii’s Mentally Ill Prisoners

May 2013

Thursday, May 9

Hawaii Prison Chief: Inmate Deaths Are A ‘Crisis On Our Hands’

April 2013

Thursday, April 25

Hawaii Auditor: State Oversight Of Mainland Prisons Still Lagging

December 2012

Thursday, December 27

Task Force Demands Action On Hawaiian Incarceration

October 2012

Tuesday, October 9

Tourists: Little Action Taken On High Rate Of Oahu Rental Car Theft

May 2012

Thursday, May 17

Milestone in Public Safety: Reforms For Parole and Probation

Wednesday, May 16

ACLU: Hawaii Denied Prisoners Marriage Rights

March 2012

Friday, March 9

Hawaii Lawmakers Want Auditor to Probe OT Abuse

February 2012

Wednesday, February 29

A Plan to Return Hawaii’s Mainland Inmates

January 2012

Wednesday, January 18

‘Justice Reinvestment’ Faces Public Safety Hurdle

November 2011

Wednesday, November 2

Hawaii Gov’s Security Costs Taxpayers $1.2M

September 2011

Tuesday, September 27

Hawaii Prison Farms Grow Their Own Produce

June 2011

Tuesday, June 28

Initiative Aims To Bring Hawaii’s Prisoners Home

May 2011

Wednesday, May 25

Hawaii Doesn’t Require Lost Gun Reports

Tuesday, May 10

Hawaii DPS To Finally Follow Medical Pot Law

April 2011

Monday, April 18

19 Convictions in 17 Years — And Still on the Street

March 2011

Thursday, March 17

FAQ: Nuclear Radiation, From Japan to Hawaii

February 2011

Friday, February 18

New Public Safety Director ‘Born’ For the Job

Thursday, February 17

A Surcharge on Safety: Racking Up Overtime While Taking Vacation

January 2011

Thursday, January 13

Senators Grill Public Safety Director on Excessive Overtime Use, Auditor’s Report

December 2010

Friday, December 17

Inmate Says Spending Night With Dead Cellmate Drove Him Crazy

Public Safety Director Promises to ‘Address Overtime Issues Efficiently’

Saturday, December 11

A Surcharge on Safety: Sheriffs Earning More Than Hawaii’s Chief Justice?

A Surcharge on Safety: 16 Employees Logged at Least 1,000 Overtime Hours

A Surcharge on Safety: Six Employees Claimed Over 1,300 Hours of Overtime

A Surcharge on Safety: As Overtime Claims Pile Up, Department Caps Sick Day Use

A Surcharge on Safety: Union Contract and Turnover Blamed for Outsized Overtime

A Surcharge on Safety: Outsized Overtime at the Hawaii Department of Public Safety

Hawaii Department of Public Safety