Special Master Dan Foley filed an interim report with the Supreme Court Thursday saying the process should involve judges.
Meanwhile, one person at the Oahu jail is being tested for COVID-19 with results still pending.
The Supreme Court is considering the proposed releases to avoid a coronavirus outbreak in correctional facilities.
The state says that, despite overcrowding, there will be room to isolate sick inmates.
Updated. Weapons violations were among the charges against Arthur Brun and 11 others. Brun pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon in Honolulu.
The Oahu Community Correctional Center continues to present a dilemma for lawmakers.
An overhaul of the training program is competing with many other priorities.
Mental health advocates, state officials, police and lawmakers have been working together to come up with better ways to get treatment for non-violent offenders.
A wrongful death lawsuit alleges that guards at Kulani Correctional Facility failed to render aid to a dying inmate and that it only came to light when another inmate came forward.