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New Prison Oversight Commission Has A Full Plate Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat

New Prison Oversight Commission Has A Full Plate

Off to a slow start, the new commissioners say they want to take a wide-ranging look at the entire criminal justice system.

Three Hawaii Correctional Facilities Ban Contact Visits Despite Potential Benefits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Three Hawaii Correctional Facilities Ban Contact Visits Despite Potential Benefits

Studies suggest non-contact visits can be harmful for families, especially children.

Public Safety Department Wants 15 More Guards But Can’t Fill Vacancies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Safety Department Wants 15 More Guards But Can’t Fill Vacancies

Some members of the House Finance Committee want to know how the new positions can be justified.

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. 

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