Neighbor island facilities received some significant financial help, but the state’s main facilities on Oahu will remain overcrowded and crumbling.
The contract governing a deal to house at least 1,400 Hawaii prisoners is about to be signed.
State officials reluctantly reveal the bid for a three-year contract to house up to 1,800 Hawaii prisoners on the mainland.
The state will likely continue with Corrections Corporation of America in Arizona, despite a long history of problems.
A Native Hawaiian prisoner at Halawa Correctional Facility is seeking class-action status so that fellow inmates could join the suit.
The state is on the hook for more than $7 million for neglecting a former inmate’s severe blood infection at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.
The federal class-action case has dragged on for five years.