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Prosecutors Won’t Charge Guard in Fatal OCCC Shooting Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Prosecutors Won’t Charge Guard in Fatal OCCC Shooting

Maui prosecutors cited Hawaii’s use of force law, which allows deadly force to be used by law enforcement against escaping jail or prison detainees.

Top Hawaii Sheriff Officials Lacked Basic Training For Decades Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Top Hawaii Sheriff Officials Lacked Basic Training For Decades

Three years after news reports first surfaced questioning a lack of training, the state Department of Public Safety finally releases records confirming the lapse.

New Prison Oversight Commission Is Off To A Slow Start Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Prison Oversight Commission Is Off To A Slow Start

Reforming Hawaii’s aging and overcrowded prisons was a notable accomplishment of the 2019 Legislature. So what’s happened?

HPD Investigating Fatal Shooting By Deputy Sheriff As A Possible Murder Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Investigating Fatal Shooting By Deputy Sheriff As A Possible Murder Case

The Honolulu prosecutor’s office will consider whether to pursue charges against the deputy involved in the shooting death of a man on the State Capitol grounds.

State Makes No Conclusion On Whether DPS Deputy Director Violated Ethics Code Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Makes No Conclusion On Whether DPS Deputy Director Violated Ethics Code

UPDATED: But some employees felt coerced to support Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda’s confirmation, the Ethics Commission writes in a guidance letter to Jodie Maesaka-Hirata.

Ige Signs Bill To Cover $5.1 Million In Repairs After Maui Jail Riot Department of Public Safety

Ige Signs Bill To Cover $5.1 Million In Repairs After Maui Jail Riot

The measure also includes $2 million to temporarily house 248 additional Hawaii inmates at a private prison in Arizona.

Senate Votes To Keep Nolan Espinda As Public Safety Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Votes To Keep Nolan Espinda As Public Safety Chief

UPDATED: Gov. David Ige had stood behind his embattled director amid concerns about jail overcrowding, fatal shootings and a recent riot.

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.

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