Studies suggest non-contact visits can be harmful for families, especially children.
Some members of the House Finance Committee want to know how the new positions can be justified.
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.
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.
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.
Jodie Maesaka-Hirata is leaving in December and will be replaced by a top DPS administrator.
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.