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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.

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.
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