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ACLU Calls For Federal Probe Of Hawaii Prison Conditions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

ACLU Calls For Federal Probe Of Hawaii Prison Conditions

The complaint alleges overcrowding has led to “systemwide deterioration” at seven prisons and jails.

Do Hawaii Prisons Overuse Solitary Confinement? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Do Hawaii Prisons Overuse Solitary Confinement?

Most of the state’s maximum-custody inmates live in special holding cells for up to 23 hours per day. The policy bucks a national trend.

Former Big Island Prison Warden Sues State Over Firing Hawaii Department of Public Safety

Former Big Island Prison Warden Sues State Over Firing

Ruth Forbes’ lawsuit alleges disgruntled employees conspired to get her fired.

Other States Are Shrinking Prison Populations — Why Not Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Other States Are Shrinking Prison Populations — Why Not Hawaii?

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative approved in 2012 was supposed to be a game-changer in the islands. It hasn't been.
Private Prison Operator Sees A Financially Healthy Future Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Private Prison Operator Sees A Financially Healthy Future

Corrections Corporation of America says rebranding itself as CoreCivic will help its bottom line.

Hawaii Prison Officials Say It Will Cost $23,000 For Public Records Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Eight months after we asked, the state wants big bucks for records pertaining to violence at an Arizona prison.

Oahu’s Inmates Are Facing Some Seriously ‘Inhumane’ Conditions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

The feds stepped in before. Hawaii needs a mix of expanded facilities and a decrease in prisoners to avoid losing control again.

Hawaii Finds Itself Stuck As Others Abandon For-Profit Prisons Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Finds Itself Stuck As Others Abandon For-Profit Prisons

Even as the ground shifts nationally away from private prisons, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said he sees no way it will change here anytime soon.

What To Do About Oahu’s Crumbling Correctional Center Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What To Do About Oahu’s Crumbling Correctional Center

Several efforts are underway to find a solution to Hawaii’s prison problems, but coordination is lacking.

Group Wants To Suspend Hawaii’s Effort To Build A New Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

An environmental review for replacing the Oahu Community Correctional Center is challenged for not offering alternatives to two proposed sites.
New Visitation Policy For OCCC Inmates Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Visitation Policy For OCCC Inmates

The jail will allow more visits but noncontact only. Prison-reform advocates say that’s a mistake.

New Chief For Paroling Authority Office of the Governor

New Chief For Paroling Authority

Gov. David Ige appoints a corrections veteran to the four-year tenure.
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