State Department of Public Safety protocol calls for isolating new arrivals for 14 days to prevent coronoavirus spread.
Staff and inmates alike have been infected as COVID-19 spreads inside Hawaii’s largest jail.
Mass testing at Annex 1 reveals the disease is widespread inside, staff says.
Data shows nine inmates and seven staff at the state’s largest jail have tested positive so far in the coronavirus outbreak.
With six inmates and three staff already testing positive, OCCC staff worry the prison system is unprepared to control the virus.
A staff member at the Honolulu Federal Detention Facility also tested positive.
Commissioners say the state is stalling the hiring process of a director, while pushing forward to pursue a public-private partnership for a new Oahu jail complex.
The defendants are expected to appear before a federal judge Wednesday.
The state is seeking a $650,000 federal grant to set up a pilot program for using medication-assisted treatment to address drug dependency in corrections facilities statewide.