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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.

Pod Squad: Helping Men In Their Crucial First Weeks Out Of Prison Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Helping Men In Their Crucial First Weeks Out Of Prison

First Lap helps former inmates make successful transitions — with no government funding.

Lawmakers Revive Bail Reform Efforts To Reduce Overcrowding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Revive Bail Reform Efforts To Reduce Overcrowding

Several criminal justice measures are still alive and will likely be hashed out in Senate-House conference committees.

Senate Shoots Down Proposal To Buy Underused Federal Prison Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Shoots Down Proposal To Buy Underused Federal Prison

A House bill sought to save money and lessen overcrowding in state facilities by pushing to acquire the Federal Detention Center.

An Inmate Riot In An Overcrowded Jail Shows Legislators Should Not Bail On Bail Reform Hawaii DPS

An Inmate Riot In An Overcrowded Jail Shows Legislators Should Not Bail On Bail Reform

One key bill is dead but lawmakers should still act on other legislation that could improve our jam-packed, aging correctional facilities.

Bringing The Right To Vote Behind Bars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bringing The Right To Vote Behind Bars

Supporters, including the Department of Public Safety, are backing legislation that would make Hawaii one of a handful of states that allow inmates to cast a ballot.

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.

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