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

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

The massive recommendations of a once-a-decade task force are moving ahead, despite concerns that some go too far.

OCCC Relocation Could Be Almost A Half-Billion-Dollar Proposition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

The Ige administration is looking at various financing options for building a new Oahu Community Correctional Center in Halawa Valley, lawmakers are told.
Ankle Bracelets Could Help Cut Hawaii Prison Costs And Overcrowding Alcohol Monitoring Systems Inc.

Ankle Bracelets Could Help Cut Hawaii Prison Costs And Overcrowding

The high costs of prisons may finally lead legislators to look seriously at an alternative to incarceration that’s widely used elsewhere.

Jailhouse Rock: Moving OCCC Is A Priority For Gov Ige Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Jailhouse Rock: Moving OCCC Is A Priority For Gov Ige

The governor is expected to propose the relocation of the Oahu Community Correctional Center in a speech to lawmakers next week. But will the union go along with it?

Lawsuit Claims Native Hawaiian Religion Being Restricted Behind Bars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Claims Native Hawaiian Religion Being Restricted Behind Bars

A Native Hawaiian inmate says state officials are denying his rights to mark Makahiki in the Hawaii Community Correctional Center.

Ige’s Proposed Budget Tackles Chronic Overcrowding At Jails Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige’s Proposed Budget Tackles Chronic Overcrowding At Jails

About $15 million would be spent to expand inmate capacity at each of the neighbor island jails.

Phoning Home From Prison: Excessive Prices Will Be Reined In flcikr: Jason Farrar

Phoning Home From Prison: Excessive Prices Will Be Reined In

With so many inmates housed in Arizona, Hawaii is especially affected by high rates charged by companies that monopolize prison telephone service.

Hawaii Panel to Keep Prisoners From Reoffending Does Nothing — And Never Has Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Legislators created the Re-entry Commission in 2009 and revamped it in 2012. But, to date, it has never had a quorum at a meeting.

Treating Hawaii’s Sex Offenders: ‘Here, We Don’t Give Up on People’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Of the state program’s 800-plus “graduates,” only 20 have returned to prison after committing a new sex crime, a recidivism rate of slightly more than 2 percent.

Inmate Work Furlough Program: Statistical Success or a Public Danger? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Prison-reform advocates and tough-on-crime proponents glean different conclusions from the same numbers concerning well-publicized prisoners who walk away — and the few who commit new crimes.

What’s Happening to Hawaii’s Push for Criminal Justice Reform? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

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

In 2012, the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative set lofty goals to achieve higher efficiency and a lower inmate population. There’s been practically no progress so far.

Ige: Number of Hawaii Prisoners Incarcerated in Arizona Will Go Up Before it Goes Down Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

The governor acknowledges that sending prisoners to the mainland is not ideal but says there is little choice for now because the prison in Halawa needs upgrading and the jail in Kalihi needs to be replaced.

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