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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.

Death of Hawaii Prisoner in Arizona Prison Is Ruled a Homicide Hawaii Department of Public Safety

Death of Hawaii Prisoner in Arizona Prison Is Ruled a Homicide

Jonathan Namauleg was strangled. He was serving a three-year sentence for arson. His cellmate was serving a murder sentence for a prior strangulation.

Death of Hawaii Prisoner Under Investigation at Arizona Prison Hawaii Department of Public Safety

Death of Hawaii Prisoner Under Investigation at Arizona Prison

Convicted of third-degree arson, Jonathan Namauleg had a murderer for a roommate.

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.

Spiritual Healing: A ‘More Hawaiian’ Way to Deal With Delinquent Kids Jessica Terrell / Civil Beat

Spiritual Healing: A ‘More Hawaiian’ Way to Deal With Delinquent Kids

Honolulu is piloting a program for troubled youths that focuses on trauma in their lives. Can it make a dent in the state’s high rate of arrests for minor crimes?
No Prison-for-Pineapples After Land Swap Bill Stalls in House Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Prison-for-Pineapples After Land Swap Bill Stalls in House

Hawaii Senate measure would have investigated trading Dole farmland for the OCCC jail site in Kalihi.
Should Hawaii Pay People Who Were Wrongfully Imprisoned? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Pay People Who Were Wrongfully Imprisoned?

State lawmakers are considering bills that would essentially provide a salary, health care and other compensation.
Hawaii Prison System Faces More Scrutiny Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prison System Faces More Scrutiny

Director Ted Sakai struggles to satisfy lawmakers' questions on why inmate visitation days are getting canceled.
Hawaii Gov Releases $46M for Hospitals, Prisons, New Nanakuli Library PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Gov Releases $46M for Hospitals, Prisons, New Nanakuli Library

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has released $46 million for capital improvement projects ranging from repairing the roof of the State Capitol…
Slower State Revenue Growth Threatens Efforts to Reform Hawaii Prisons

Slower State Revenue Growth Threatens Efforts to Reform Hawaii Prisons

Mental health care positions may be on chopping block to balance budget.
Prison Builders: Hawaii’s Billion Dollar Problem

Prison Builders: Hawaii’s Billion Dollar Problem

Overcrowding and aging facilities have the state looking at an expensive overhaul of its prison system.
Hawaii Prison System