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Hawaii Prison Oversight Commission: ‘Maybe We’ve Been Forgotten’ Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prison Oversight Commission: ‘Maybe We’ve Been Forgotten’

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.

Former Hawaii Corrections Officers Indicted For Assault Of Inmate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former Hawaii Corrections Officers Indicted For Assault Of Inmate

The defendants are expected to appear before a federal judge Wednesday.

This Kauai Doctor Is Helping Revolutionize Drug Treatment For Inmates Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

This Kauai Doctor Is Helping Revolutionize Drug Treatment For Inmates

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.

Critics Say Hawaii Prisons Are Failing To Help Released Inmates Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Critics Say Hawaii Prisons Are Failing To Help Released Inmates

Advocates say they’ve had to take over reentry services for prisoners released because of COVID-19 worries.

Hawaii Jails Have Released More Than 800 Inmates Since March Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Jails Have Released More Than 800 Inmates Since March

Criminal justice stakeholders have been working to reduce the jail population in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Special Master Recommends No Blanket Release Of Hawaii Inmates Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Special Master Recommends No Blanket Release Of Hawaii Inmates

Special Master Dan Foley filed an interim report with the Supreme Court Thursday saying the process should involve judges.

Special Master Appointed To Recommend On COVID-19 Jail Releases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Special Master Appointed To Recommend On COVID-19 Jail Releases

Meanwhile, one person at the Oahu jail is being tested for COVID-19 with results still pending.

Public Defender’s Office Wants Hundreds More Hawaii Inmates Released Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Defender’s Office Wants Hundreds More Hawaii Inmates Released

The Supreme Court is considering the proposed releases to avoid a coronavirus outbreak in correctional facilities.

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