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New Oahu Jail Project Is Stalling Out Over Lack Of Cash, Community Support Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Oahu Jail Project Is Stalling Out Over Lack Of Cash, Community Support

OCCC has a five-year master plan, but it’s unclear when the five-year period starts or ends, and nobody wants to pay for it. 

New Ideas For Transforming Hawaii’s Prisons flcikr: Jason Farrar

New Ideas For Transforming Hawaii’s Prisons

From alternatives to incarceration to storytelling to more legal action, experts on law and justice have plenty of thoughts on improving Hawaii’s system.

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.

ACLU: Hawaii Needs Fewer People In Prison, More Treatment Programs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

ACLU: Hawaii Needs Fewer People In Prison, More Treatment Programs

A new “Smart Justice” report argues the public would be safer if people got help instead of punishment.

Retired Judge Appointed To Prison Oversight Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Retired Judge Appointed To Prison Oversight Commission

Mike Town, who retired in 2010, was appointed by Senate President Ron Kouchi.

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?

Hawaii Prisons Director: Staff Shortages Are Driving Up OT Costs Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prisons Director: Staff Shortages Are Driving Up OT Costs

Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda also says the final report on the Maui jail riot isn’t quite finished yet.

Hawaii Storytellers: An Up-Close View Of Incarceration Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Storytellers: An Up-Close View Of Incarceration

With laughter, song and tears, six people shared their experiences with the Hawaii prison system at a recent Civil Beat Storytellers event. Watch their videos below.

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.

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.

Ex-Maui Inmate Gets $10K In Sex Assault Lawsuit Settlement AP

Ex-Maui Inmate Gets $10K In Sex Assault Lawsuit Settlement

Woman claimed a corrections officer threatened to remove her from a work furlough program if she didn’t have sex with him.

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