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Gov. Ige signed legislation authorizing county police departments to enroll firearms applicants and individuals registering firearms in a federal service that monitors criminal records.
The state has little data on the effect of shipping prisoners to Arizona, but studies say a lack of family contact makes it harder to go straight.
Lawmakers concede that tougher police accountability measures haven’t been a priority despite numerous high-profile cases of serious misconduct.
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.