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Hawaii Prison System

Senate May Invoke Rarely Used Subpoena Power For Hearing On Prison Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate May Invoke Rarely Used Subpoena Power For Hearing On Prison Chief

Nolan Espinda’s renomination to run the state’s prisons and jails is reported to be in peril.

Yoga Gains A Place Behind Bars In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Yoga Gains A Place Behind Bars In Hawaii

Updated: Louisa DiGrazia won a $35,000 grant from the Legislature to expand yoga classes throughout Oahu’s correctional facilities.

We Need Answers To Important Questions Before We Build A New Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We Need Answers To Important Questions Before We Build A New Jail

Moving OCCC from Kalihi to Halawa is a good idea. But questions of cost and operation remain, as does a full commitment to prison reform.

Why Gov. Ige’s Plan For A New Oahu Jail May Be Premature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Gov. Ige’s Plan For A New Oahu Jail May Be Premature

Two state task forces are due to report to the Legislature soon on how to reduce inmate populations.

Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Some Extra-Long Sentences Unconstitutional Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Some Extra-Long Sentences Unconstitutional

Several offenders who were given extended sentences for their crimes by a judge, rather than a jury, may have to be resentenced.

Nevada’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Inmates Move In With Hawaii Prisoners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nevada’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Inmates Move In With Hawaii Prisoners

The private Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona says the new prisoners will be fenced off and separated from the 1,600 Hawaii inmates.
‘Preferred’ Jail Site Currently Houses Animal Quarantine Station Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Preferred’ Jail Site Currently Houses Animal Quarantine Station

The Halawa Valley project's $525 million price tag includes $17.5 million for a new quarantine facility.
The Disturbing State Of Mental Health Care In Hawaii’s Prisons Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Disturbing State Of Mental Health Care In Hawaii’s Prisons

Despite gains made under Justice Department oversight, care of mentally ill prisoners has slipped to troubling levels in recent years.

Will Kalihi Redevelopment Push Out Current Residents And Businesses? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Kalihi Redevelopment Push Out Current Residents And Businesses?

A state “vision report” says “Mom and Pop stores would thrive and gentrification would be mitigated.” It just doesn’t say how.

No Relief In Sight For High Cost Of Prison Phone Calls Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Relief In Sight For High Cost Of Prison Phone Calls

After a federal court overturned a national limit on the price of the calls, activists turn to state and local governments.

Inmate Deaths Leave Families, Advocates Searching For Answers Leo Azambuja

Inmate Deaths Leave Families, Advocates Searching For Answers

The deaths of eight inmates, including five suicides, at local correction facilities during the last 18 months have spurred calls for changes.

 

Hawaii’s Inaction On Replacing Jail Is A Victory For Justice Reformers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Inaction On Replacing Jail Is A Victory For Justice Reformers

The failure by the Legislature to agree on a plan to replace the overcrowded Oahu Community Correctional Center buys more time to study broader reforms.
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