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Hawaii Lawmakers To Debate Proposal For Ballots Behind Bars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers To Debate Proposal For Ballots Behind Bars

Only two states currently allow incarcerated felons to vote, but Rep. Kaniela Ing says the prohibition disproportionately harms Native Hawaiians.
State Pulls Request For Prison Environmental Studies Exemption Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Pulls Request For Prison Environmental Studies Exemption

Lawmakers advance bills to fast track relocation of the Oahu Community Correctional Center but decide environmental studies are a must.
Lawmakers Consider Releasing Some Offenders To Relieve Overcrowding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Consider Releasing Some Offenders To Relieve Overcrowding

Under a proposed bill, more than 200 people convicted of misdemeanors could be released from custody to help relieve jail overcrowding.

‘Smart On Crime’: Lawmakers Take Up Wide-Ranging Reforms Flickr: James Cridland

‘Smart On Crime’: Lawmakers Take Up Wide-Ranging Reforms

The massive recommendations of a once-a-decade task force are moving ahead, despite concerns that some go too far.

OCCC Relocation Could Be Almost A Half-Billion-Dollar Proposition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OCCC Relocation Could Be Almost A Half-Billion-Dollar Proposition

The Ige administration is looking at various financing options for building a new Oahu Community Correctional Center in Halawa Valley, lawmakers are told.
Ankle Bracelets Could Help Cut Hawaii Prison Costs And Overcrowding Alcohol Monitoring Systems Inc.

Ankle Bracelets Could Help Cut Hawaii Prison Costs And Overcrowding

The high costs of prisons may finally lead legislators to look seriously at an alternative to incarceration that’s widely used elsewhere.

Jailhouse Rock: Moving OCCC Is A Priority For Gov Ige Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Jailhouse Rock: Moving OCCC Is A Priority For Gov Ige

The governor is expected to propose the relocation of the Oahu Community Correctional Center in a speech to lawmakers next week. But will the union go along with it?

Lawsuit Claims Native Hawaiian Religion Being Restricted Behind Bars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Claims Native Hawaiian Religion Being Restricted Behind Bars

A Native Hawaiian inmate says state officials are denying his rights to mark Makahiki in the Hawaii Community Correctional Center.

Ige’s Proposed Budget Tackles Chronic Overcrowding At Jails Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige’s Proposed Budget Tackles Chronic Overcrowding At Jails

About $15 million would be spent to expand inmate capacity at each of the neighbor island jails.

Bedbugs Infest Oahu Jail — Again

Bedbugs Infest Oahu Jail — Again

A recurrence of the bedbug infestation forces a partial closure of the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

Hawaii Is Spending Tens Of Millions To Lock Up Low-Level Drug Offenders Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Hawaii Is Spending Tens Of Millions To Lock Up Low-Level Drug Offenders

Lawmakers approved a pilot program to divert low-risk drug offenders to treatment instead of prison. But, a year later, it’s stuck in bureaucratic limbo.

Honolulu Pays $190K To Settle Jailhouse Death Lawsuit Submitted

Honolulu Pays $190K To Settle Jailhouse Death Lawsuit

Family members suspected Luis Lopez was murdered after his arrest by Honolulu police for driving under the influence.
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