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Justice Department Will Stop Using Private Prisons Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Justice Department Will Stop Using Private Prisons

The federal government’s decision comes a couple of weeks after Hawaii extended its contract with a for-profit prison in Arizona.

Arizona Prison Is Not Reporting Disease Cases To Health Agency Flickr/Greg Gorman

Arizona Prison Is Not Reporting Disease Cases To Health Agency

There’s no record that Corrections Corporation of America ever told a county health agency about valley fever cases for Hawaii prisoners.

Hawaii Re-Ups With Arizona Prison For $45 Million Per Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Re-Ups With Arizona Prison For $45 Million Per Year

The Saguaro Correctional Center currently houses about 1,400 Hawaii prisoners, but that could go up to as many as 1,926.

Valley Fever Risk Won’t Slow Flow Of Hawaii Prisoners To Arizona Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Valley Fever Risk Won’t Slow Flow Of Hawaii Prisoners To Arizona

Hawaii may soon face legal claims over prisoners infected with valley fever, a disease endemic in the Southwest.

Why Hawaii Has A Double Standard On Isolating Prisoners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Has A Double Standard On Isolating Prisoners

Hawaii lets its for-profit prison contractor set its own rules for what it terms “disciplinary segregation,” instead of solitary confinement.

Hawaii Extends Negotiation On New Private Prison Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Extends Negotiation On New Private Prison Contract

Prison officials extend the existing CCA contract until end of July while the discussions continue.

A Deadly Dust Is Plaguing Hawaii Prisoners In Arizona Flickr/Alan Stark

A Deadly Dust Is Plaguing Hawaii Prisoners In Arizona

Valley fever is widespread in the Southwest, yet Hawaii’s prison officials haven’t paid much attention to it, despite the recent deaths of at least two Hawaii prisoners who had the disease.

Hawaii Doesn’t Know If Prisoners Sent To Mainland Are Likelier To Reoffend Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Doesn’t Know If Prisoners Sent To Mainland Are Likelier To Reoffend

The state has little data on the effect of shipping prisoners to Arizona, but studies say a lack of family contact makes it harder to go straight.

Is Hawaii Doing Enough to Protect Transgender Inmates In Prisons? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Hawaii Doing Enough to Protect Transgender Inmates In Prisons?

All transgender inmates now behind bars are housed at facilities matching their birth gender; state officials declined to discuss specific cases.

Is Hawaii Really Saving Millions By Using A Mainland Prison? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Hawaii Really Saving Millions By Using A Mainland Prison?

Many of the costs the state pays aren’t detailed in budget documents. And the expense is not the only issue.

Hawaii Keeps Secret What Happens In Its Private Prison Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Keeps Secret What Happens In Its Private Prison

Even when prisoners are murdered, state officials and their private contractor shield themselves from the public eye.

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love Flickr: James Cridland

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love

Neighbor island facilities received some significant financial help, but the state’s main facilities on Oahu will remain overcrowded and crumbling.

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