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Inside Halawa: A Reporter’s Notebook

Inside Halawa: A Reporter’s Notebook

Impressions from a visit to Hawaii's high-security prison.
Halawa Guards Sidestep Metal and Drug Detection Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Halawa Guards Sidestep Metal and Drug Detection

Hawaii state senator says union policy is "unacceptable," calls for review.
Lawmakers Investigate Prison Complaints

Lawmakers Investigate Prison Complaints

Mold, faulty AC systems plague Halawa facility, upsetting inmates — and the warden, too.
Crime and Punishment at the Hawaii Legislature Flickr: Ken_Mayer

Crime and Punishment at the Hawaii Legislature

As governor pushes reform of criminal justice system, proposed laws would actually add offenses and penalties.
Initiative Aims To Bring Hawaii’s Prisoners Home

Initiative Aims To Bring Hawaii’s Prisoners Home

Abercrombie introduces plan to reduce recidivism, number of inmates housed out-of-state.

Keeping Hawaii Inmates’ IDs Out of The Trash

Under old Department of Public Safety policy, inmates' belongings could be thrown away — including identification.
New Public Safety Director ‘Born’ For the Job

New Public Safety Director ‘Born’ For the Job

Senate committee approves Abercrombie's nominee to lead Hawaii's prisons system.
Critical Audit Could Spur Hawaii Prison Reform

Critical Audit Could Spur Hawaii Prison Reform

A harsh assessment of Hawaii's contract with a mainland corrections company may be the catalyst needed to fix an overcrowded system.
Gov: ‘Bring All Prisoners Back’ From Mainland

Gov: ‘Bring All Prisoners Back’ From Mainland

In a policy shift, Neil Abercrombie proposes moving beyond his plan to stop shipping prisoners to the mainland.
A Surcharge on Safety: Outsized Overtime at the Hawaii Department of Public Safety

A Surcharge on Safety: Outsized Overtime at the Hawaii Department of Public Safety

Many employees earned more in overtime than regular pay, including corrections officers earning more than $80,000 in one year, Civil Beat investigation reveals.
Criminal Injustice for Native Hawaiians Civil Beat

Criminal Injustice for Native Hawaiians

OHA releases a damning report on the treatment of Native Hawaiians in the criminal justice system and calls out for solutions.
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