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Even when prisoners are murdered, state officials and their private contractor shield themselves from the public eye.
Neighbor island facilities received some significant financial help, but the state’s main facilities on Oahu will remain overcrowded and crumbling.
The contract governing a deal to house at least 1,400 Hawaii prisoners is about to be signed.
State officials reluctantly reveal the bid for a three-year contract to house up to 1,800 Hawaii prisoners on the mainland.
The state will likely continue with Corrections Corporation of America in Arizona, despite a long history of problems.
A Native Hawaiian prisoner at Halawa Correctional Facility is seeking class-action status so that fellow inmates could join the suit.
The state is on the hook for more than $7 million for neglecting a former inmate’s severe blood infection at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.
The federal class-action case has dragged on for five years.
Under a proposed bill, more than 200 people convicted of misdemeanors could be released from custody to help relieve jail overcrowding.
The massive recommendations of a once-a-decade task force are moving ahead, despite concerns that some go too far.