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.
Advocates say they’ve had to take over reentry services for prisoners released because of COVID-19 worries.
Criminal justice stakeholders have been working to reduce the jail population in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Work lines are producing 600 to 700 masks per day, the department says.
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.