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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.

Inmate Work Furlough Program: Statistical Success or a Public Danger? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Inmate Work Furlough Program: Statistical Success or a Public Danger?

Prison-reform advocates and tough-on-crime proponents glean different conclusions from the same numbers concerning well-publicized prisoners who walk away — and the few who commit new crimes.

What’s Happening to Hawaii’s Push for Criminal Justice Reform? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

What’s Happening to Hawaii’s Push for Criminal Justice Reform?

In 2012, the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative set lofty goals to achieve higher efficiency and a lower inmate population. There’s been practically no progress so far.

Death of Hawaii Prisoner in Arizona Prison Is Ruled a Homicide Hawaii Department of Public Safety

Death of Hawaii Prisoner in Arizona Prison Is Ruled a Homicide

Jonathan Namauleg was strangled. He was serving a three-year sentence for arson. His cellmate was serving a murder sentence for a prior strangulation.

Death of Hawaii Prisoner Under Investigation at Arizona Prison Hawaii Department of Public Safety

Death of Hawaii Prisoner Under Investigation at Arizona Prison

Convicted of third-degree arson, Jonathan Namauleg had a murderer for a roommate.

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