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Will Espero

Is Hawaii Really Saving Millions By Using A Mainland Prison? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Hawaii Really Saving Millions By Using A Mainland Prison?

Many of the costs the state pays aren’t detailed in budget documents. And the expense is not the only issue.

Hawaii Keeps Secret What Happens In Its Private Prison Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Keeps Secret What Happens In Its Private Prison

Even when prisoners are murdered, state officials and their private contractor shield themselves from the public eye.

Future Of Hawaii Capitol’s Reflecting Pools Is As Murky As The Water Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Future Of Hawaii Capitol’s Reflecting Pools Is As Murky As The Water

Dead fish float in the greenish-brown pools, which have long been a headache for state maintenance workers.
Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love Flickr: James Cridland

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love

Neighbor island facilities received some significant financial help, but the state’s main facilities on Oahu will remain overcrowded and crumbling.

Prison Officials Quietly Move To Extend An Out-Of-State Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Prison Officials Quietly Move To Extend An Out-Of-State Contract

The state will likely continue with Corrections Corporation of America in Arizona, despite a long history of problems.

Is The Proposed Review Of Police Killings Just ‘Window-Dressing’? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is The Proposed Review Of Police Killings Just ‘Window-Dressing’?

Some say a bill to create an independent review board would still keep the public in the dark for far too long.
How Did A Man Lose His Fingers And Feet To A Jailhouse Infection? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Did A Man Lose His Fingers And Feet To A Jailhouse Infection?

The state is on the hook for more than $7 million for neglecting a former inmate’s severe blood infection at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

‘We Need To Speak Out’: Lawmaker Fights For Police Reform Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘We Need To Speak Out’: Lawmaker Fights For Police Reform

Sen. Will Espero has long been an advocate for more police accountability. The arrest of a DLNR cop has him pushing even harder.
Should State Profit From Exorbitant Cost Of Prison Phone Calls? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should State Profit From Exorbitant Cost Of Prison Phone Calls?

The FCC is ordering price reductions starting next year, but the state will still get a cut.

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.

Ige: Number of Hawaii Prisoners Incarcerated in Arizona Will Go Up Before it Goes Down Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige: Number of Hawaii Prisoners Incarcerated in Arizona Will Go Up Before it Goes Down

The governor acknowledges that sending prisoners to the mainland is not ideal but says there is little choice for now because the prison in Halawa needs upgrading and the jail in Kalihi needs to be replaced.

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