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Aiea Board Gives Its Blessing To Preliminary Plans For A New Jail

Aiea Board Gives Its Blessing To Preliminary Plans For A New Jail

Many neighborhood board members don’t really want the new facility in Aiea, but they see the need for improving conditions for Oahu’s inmates.

Critics: New Hawaii Prison Commissioners Too Connected To Long-Troubled System Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Critics: New Hawaii Prison Commissioners Too Connected To Long-Troubled System

The new state commission is supposed to bring a new vision for prisons. But it’s made up of people who have been part of the problem.

SLIDESHOW: Inside Hawaii’s Prisons And Jails Cory Lum/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: Inside Hawaii’s Prisons And Jails

Civil Beat reporter Yoohyun Jung and photographer Cory Lum visited six state correctional facilities last week. No surprise, the facilities are overcrowded and seriously in need of repair.

Prisons Chief: A New Halfway House On The Way For Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Prisons Chief: A New Halfway House On The Way For Hawaii

The state’s only re-entry facility for federal inmates closed after the city of Honolulu purchased the building and destined it for drug treatment.

Public Safety Deputy Director For Corrections Is Retiring Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Safety Deputy Director For Corrections Is Retiring

Jodie Maesaka-Hirata is leaving in December and will be replaced by a top DPS administrator.

New Oahu Jail Project Is Stalling Out Over Lack Of Cash, Community Support Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Oahu Jail Project Is Stalling Out Over Lack Of Cash, Community Support

OCCC has a five-year master plan, but it’s unclear when the five-year period starts or ends, and nobody wants to pay for it. 

New Ideas For Transforming Hawaii’s Prisons flcikr: Jason Farrar

New Ideas For Transforming Hawaii’s Prisons

From alternatives to incarceration to storytelling to more legal action, experts on law and justice have plenty of thoughts on improving Hawaii’s system.

Prosecutors Won’t Charge Guard in Fatal OCCC Shooting Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Prosecutors Won’t Charge Guard in Fatal OCCC Shooting

Maui prosecutors cited Hawaii’s use of force law, which allows deadly force to be used by law enforcement against escaping jail or prison detainees.

ACLU: Hawaii Needs Fewer People In Prison, More Treatment Programs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

ACLU: Hawaii Needs Fewer People In Prison, More Treatment Programs

A new “Smart Justice” report argues the public would be safer if people got help instead of punishment.

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