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The high costs of prisons may finally lead legislators to look seriously at an alternative to incarceration that’s widely used elsewhere.
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?
A Native Hawaiian inmate says state officials are denying his rights to mark Makahiki in the Hawaii Community Correctional Center.
About $15 million would be spent to expand inmate capacity at each of the neighbor island jails.
A recurrence of the bedbug infestation forces a partial closure of the Oahu Community Correctional Center.
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.
With so many inmates housed in Arizona, Hawaii is especially affected by high rates charged by companies that monopolize prison telephone service.
First 31 Hawaii inmates will be released next week, as part of the largest nationwide release of federal inmates in history.
Legislators created the Re-entry Commission in 2009 and revamped it in 2012. But, to date, it has never had a quorum at a meeting.
Of the state program’s 800-plus “graduates,” only 20 have returned to prison after committing a new sex crime, a recidivism rate of slightly more than 2 percent.