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Hawaii Prison System

Ian Lind: Count On Hawaii To Ignore Logical Prison Report Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Count On Hawaii To Ignore Logical Prison Report

In the rush to build a new prison, the Legislature is likely to shunt aside the work of a task force it created just last year.

Settlement Protects Religious Rights For Hawaiian Prisoners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Settlement Protects Religious Rights For Hawaiian Prisoners

The lawsuit sought to ensure Native Hawaiians being held in an Arizona prison could engage in customary religious practices.

New Oahu Jail Will Cost Hundreds Of Millions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Oahu Jail Will Cost Hundreds Of Millions

Lawmakers heard cost projections Thursday, but it's too early in the planning process to get a firm estimate.
No Quick Fixes For Prison Overcrowding In Governor’s Budget Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Quick Fixes For Prison Overcrowding In Governor’s Budget

The Department of Public Safety has not started on expansion of three jails, a $37.5 million project approved by lawmakers last year.

How Hawaii’s Prisoners Are Ending Up In Facilities All Over The Country Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Hawaii’s Prisoners Are Ending Up In Facilities All Over The Country

But, citing privacy and security reasons, state prison officials won’t say why prisoners are being transferred or where they have gone.

ACLU Calls For Federal Probe Of Hawaii Prison Conditions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

ACLU Calls For Federal Probe Of Hawaii Prison Conditions

The complaint alleges overcrowding has led to “systemwide deterioration” at seven prisons and jails.

Do Hawaii Prisons Overuse Solitary Confinement? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Do Hawaii Prisons Overuse Solitary Confinement?

Most of the state’s maximum-custody inmates live in special holding cells for up to 23 hours per day. The policy bucks a national trend.

Former Big Island Prison Warden Sues State Over Firing Hawaii Department of Public Safety

Former Big Island Prison Warden Sues State Over Firing

Ruth Forbes’ lawsuit alleges disgruntled employees conspired to get her fired.

Other States Are Shrinking Prison Populations — Why Not Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Other States Are Shrinking Prison Populations — Why Not Hawaii?

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative approved in 2012 was supposed to be a game-changer in the islands. It hasn't been.
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