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Several efforts are underway to find a solution to Hawaii’s prison problems, but coordination is lacking.
Hawaii’s prison officials also refuse to disclose issues or costs once lawsuits involving CCA’s Arizona prison have been settled.
The federal government’s decision comes a couple of weeks after Hawaii extended its contract with a for-profit prison in Arizona.
There’s no record that Corrections Corporation of America ever told a county health agency about valley fever cases for Hawaii prisoners.
The Saguaro Correctional Center currently houses about 1,400 Hawaii prisoners, but that could go up to as many as 1,926.
Hawaii may soon face legal claims over prisoners infected with valley fever, a disease endemic in the Southwest.
Hawaii lets its for-profit prison contractor set its own rules for what it terms “disciplinary segregation,” instead of solitary confinement.