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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.
Obama Calls For Help For Offenders whitehouse.gov

Obama Calls For Help For Offenders

Part of a broader campaign to overhaul the country's criminal justice system, President Barack Obama announces efforts to ease re-entry for offenders leaving prison.
Phoning Home From Prison: Excessive Prices Will Be Reined In flcikr: Jason Farrar

Phoning Home From Prison: Excessive Prices Will Be Reined In

With so many inmates housed in Arizona, Hawaii is especially affected by high rates charged by companies that monopolize prison telephone service.

Hawaii Drug Offenders To Be Freed Early In Federal Sentencing Overhaul flickr: mhsneon

Hawaii Drug Offenders To Be Freed Early In Federal Sentencing Overhaul

First 31 Hawaii inmates will be released next week, as part of the largest nationwide release of federal inmates in history.

Hawaii Panel to Keep Prisoners From Reoffending Does Nothing — And Never Has Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Panel to Keep Prisoners From Reoffending Does Nothing — And Never Has

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.

Treating Hawaii’s Sex Offenders: ‘Here, We Don’t Give Up on People’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Treating Hawaii’s Sex Offenders: ‘Here, We Don’t Give Up on People’

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.

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