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Many of the costs the state pays aren’t detailed in budget documents. And the expense is not the only issue.
Even when prisoners are murdered, state officials and their private contractor shield themselves from the public eye.
Neighbor island facilities received some significant financial help, but the state’s main facilities on Oahu will remain overcrowded and crumbling.
The state will likely continue with Corrections Corporation of America in Arizona, despite a long history of problems.
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.
The FCC is ordering price reductions starting next year, but the state will still get a cut.
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.
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.
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.