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Bringing The Right To Vote Behind Bars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bringing The Right To Vote Behind Bars

Supporters, including the Department of Public Safety, are backing legislation that would make Hawaii one of a handful of states that allow inmates to cast a ballot.

Senate May Invoke Rarely Used Subpoena Power For Hearing On Prison Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate May Invoke Rarely Used Subpoena Power For Hearing On Prison Chief

Nolan Espinda’s renomination to run the state’s prisons and jails is reported to be in peril.

Yoga Gains A Place Behind Bars In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Yoga Gains A Place Behind Bars In Hawaii

Updated: Louisa DiGrazia won a $35,000 grant from the Legislature to expand yoga classes throughout Oahu’s correctional facilities.

We Need Answers To Important Questions Before We Build A New Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We Need Answers To Important Questions Before We Build A New Jail

Moving OCCC from Kalihi to Halawa is a good idea. But questions of cost and operation remain, as does a full commitment to prison reform.

Why Gov. Ige’s Plan For A New Oahu Jail May Be Premature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Gov. Ige’s Plan For A New Oahu Jail May Be Premature

Two state task forces are due to report to the Legislature soon on how to reduce inmate populations.

Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Some Extra-Long Sentences Unconstitutional Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Some Extra-Long Sentences Unconstitutional

Several offenders who were given extended sentences for their crimes by a judge, rather than a jury, may have to be resentenced.

Nevada’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Inmates Move In With Hawaii Prisoners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nevada’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Inmates Move In With Hawaii Prisoners

The private Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona says the new prisoners will be fenced off and separated from the 1,600 Hawaii inmates.
‘Preferred’ Jail Site Currently Houses Animal Quarantine Station Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Preferred’ Jail Site Currently Houses Animal Quarantine Station

The Halawa Valley project's $525 million price tag includes $17.5 million for a new quarantine facility.
The Disturbing State Of Mental Health Care In Hawaii’s Prisons Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Disturbing State Of Mental Health Care In Hawaii’s Prisons

Despite gains made under Justice Department oversight, care of mentally ill prisoners has slipped to troubling levels in recent years.

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