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CCA Submits The Only Bid For Hawaii’s Private Prison Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat

CCA Submits The Only Bid For Hawaii’s Private Prison Contract

State officials reluctantly reveal the bid for a three-year contract to house up to 1,800 Hawaii prisoners on the mainland.

Prison Officials Quietly Move To Extend An Out-Of-State Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Prison Officials Quietly Move To Extend An Out-Of-State Contract

The state will likely continue with Corrections Corporation of America in Arizona, despite a long history of problems.

Pod Squad: Will We Ever Bring Our Inmates Home From Arizona? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Will We Ever Bring Our Inmates Home From Arizona?

The 3,000-mile distance between the islands and Saguaro exacts a heavy cost for inmates, their loved ones and the state.
Lawsuit Claims Widespread Infringement of Prisoners’ Religious Rights Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Claims Widespread Infringement of Prisoners’ Religious Rights

A Native Hawaiian prisoner at Halawa Correctional Facility is seeking class-action status so that fellow inmates could join the suit.

The Prison Visit That Cost My Family $2,370 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Prison Visit That Cost My Family $2,370

How families bear the hidden cost of shipping inmates out of state.
How Did A Man Lose His Fingers And Feet To A Jailhouse Infection? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Did A Man Lose His Fingers And Feet To A Jailhouse Infection?

The state is on the hook for more than $7 million for neglecting a former inmate’s severe blood infection at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

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.
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