CAP Watch Conference Report – Day 1, April 17

DAY 1 – THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

CAPConference ReportThis year we have 11 bills of interest in conference.
This is pretty amazing, folks!

Today conference committees opened on 8 of the bills that CAP has been working on (the other 3 juvenile justice bills are opening conference on Monday). Here is a little peek into the goings on at conference committee.

SB 2308 SD1 HD1       FUNDING PGMS FOR CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS. $

SENATE: Chun Oakland Chair; Espero, Kidani Co-Chairs; L. Thielen, Slom Members.

HOUSE:   Aquino, Ing Co-Chairs; Takayama, McDermott Members

The Chairs indicated that there was House and Senate agreement on the contents of this bill and are now awaiting word from the money committees.

NEXT CONFERENCE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23RD 10:30 AM in Room 229

 

SB 2609 SD1 HD2       RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE

SENATE: Hee Chair; Ige Co-Chair; Ihara, Kouchi, Shimabukuro Members.

HOUSE:  Nakashima, Luke Co-Chairs; Nishimoto, Thielen Members.

No discussion today, I’ve got to sit closer to hear but they seemed to slide over this one so I imagine that there is plenty chatter going on outside the community’s hearing range. Something will emerge, the question is what will it be? It is interesting/sad to hear the nickel and diming of our most challenged people.

NEXT CONFERENCE: MONDAY, APRIL 21ST 10:30 AM in Room 325

 

SB 2574, SD1, HD2     RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA.          Registration; Requirements

HOUSE:  Belatti/Rhoads/McKelvey, Co-Chairs; Creagan, Nakashima, Fukumoto                

SENATE:  Green, Chair; Baker, Co-Chair; Gabbard, Kouchi, Slom                                

Both the House and Senate Chairs had conference drafts, however The House offered theirs first and the Chair announced that it defined “bona fide patient-doctor relationship”. The Senate would discuss the House draft and the committee will reconvene to discuss it further. From the hearings that have taken place, CAP supports the House position which is in keeping with the spirit and intent of this 14 year old law. The Senate position would limit access to the program by Kaiser patients, military personnel suffering from PTSD and others who would benefit from the cannabis medicine.

NEXT CONFERENCE: MONDAY, APRIL 21ST 8:50 AM in Room 229

 

SB60 SD1 HD1                    RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROCESS FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME

SENATE: Hee Chair; Shimabukuro Co-Chair; Slom Member

HOUSE:   Carroll, Rhoads Co-Chairs; Har, Oshiro, Fukumoto Members.    

This was a shocker. This was a bill that we supported last session. It didn’t make it last year, but this year was pulled up and scheduled for conference. We suggested a minor change that made it more clear and to change the effective date to July 1, 2014. The Senate is drafting the CD 1 (conference draft).

NEXT CONFERENCE: TUESDAY, APRIL 22ND 1:30 PM in Room 325

 

HB 2205, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO CRIME.             Habitual Property Crime

HOUSE:  Representatives Rhoads, Chair; C. Lee, Nakashima, Thielen 

SENATE:  Senators Hee, Chair; Shimabukuro, Co-Chair; Slom                                                       

No discussion on this bill as legislators were running back and forth to conferences.

NEXT CONFERENCE: MONDAY, APRIL 21ST 1:30 PM in Room 325

 

SB 2315, SD1, HD1     APPROPRIATION FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE TX SERVICES @ HALAWA.

HOUSE:  Representatives Aquino/Ing, Co-Chairs; Takayama, McDermott 

SENATE:  Senators Espero, Chair; Kouchi, Co-Chair; Slom              

Both Chairs indicated agreement on the substance of the bill. The committee is awaiting clearance from the money committee. When an appropriation is secured, they will effect the date (probably July 1,2014) and send the bill to the Gov.

NEXT CONFERENCE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23RD 2:45 PM in Room 312

                                                               

SB 2884, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO PAROLE.          Legislative Appropriations; Discharged Persons

HOUSE:  Representatives Aquino/Ing, Co-Chairs; Yamane, McDermott                                

SENATE:  Senators Espero, Chair; Kouchi, Co-Chair; Slom 

Again, both Chairs indicated agreement. Just awaiting money committee clearance and then they will make an effective date (probably July 1,2014 or upon approval).

NEXT CONFERENCE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23RD 2:45 PM in Room 312

 

HB 2363, HD2, SD2     PUBLIC SAFETY.
Reentry Pilot Project; Nonviolent, Low-risk Drug Offenders; $

HOUSE:   Representatives Aquino/Creagan/Ing, Co-Chairs; Takayama, McDermott          

SENATE:  Senators Espero, Chair; Kouchi, Co-Chair; Slom                                                              

There started to be a discussion and then the House Chair suggested that they ‘talk offline’ meaning out of the range of the community. This is what makes people distrust the process. Some sneaky business going on behind the scenes. Good thing I’m niele (nosy!).

NEXT CONFERENCE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23RD 3:00 PM in Room 312

Most of our bills depend on how the budget ends up. I am heartened that there is at least discussion of these issues that most folks would love to ignore. There are also a few bright spots at the legislature that give me hope. 

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email or call me. It is really important that legislators know the community is watching, which is why I try to get to each committee early and sit right up front!

 

It always seems impossible until it’s done.
- Nelson Mandela

2 FREE Justice Events at UH Richardson School of Law

CELLING OF HAWAI`I LAW SCHOOL EVENT 4.21.14CELLING HAWAI`I: How corporations are exerting influence over the criminal justice system & how we can organize for change

Monday, April 21, 2014
12:30 – 1:30 PM
Classroom 2

Celling Hawai`i Flyer

 

JJCG Save the Date (2)Juvenile Justice Community Gathering

Friday, May 2, 2014
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Law School Courtyard
RSVP by 4.21 to:   http://goo.gl/cwHx4A

JJCG Flyer

Both events are FREE
It is fabulous that our law students are interested  in the Hawai`i justice system.
Please support!

CAP Watch Update: Conference Bills

Up-to-date list of the bills headed for conference that CAP is watching. Included are all the relevant links and a description of how the bills were amended as they went through the sausage factory!

Conference committees are just starting to convene. We’ll see how this shakes out. Kat will be reporting daily from the conference committee.

Mahalo nui for your advocacy and for caring about our community.

CAP Watch Update: 3rd Reading Report

From Kat:

I just got back from the floor sessions for Third Reading on bills. A good day for CAP.

I am usually running back and forth between House and Senate sessions tracking bills, but the Senate really had it together today. Most of the bills were on the consent calendar, which means that the caucus had already discussed those bills, so there was no floor debate on the Consent Calendar. Then they whipped through the bills on pages 25-41 … their entire session from open to close was 52 minutes! CAP had 5 bills that we are working on and they all passed today!

HB 2037 HD1 SD1             PROJECT KEALAHOU     http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2037_SD1_.pdf

Appropriates funds for the continued funding of Project Kealahou within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division of the Department of Health. Effective 7/1/2099. (SD1)

PASSED: 25-0

***

HB 2116 HD2 SD1             ELIMINATING LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2116_HD2_.pdf

Eliminates sentences of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders. Establishes a limit on the minimum term of imprisonment before a prisoner who was less than eighteen years of age at the time of the offense becomes eligible for parole. (SD1)

PASSED: 24-1 (Slom voting No)

*** 

HB 2205 HD1 SD1             HABITUAL PROPERTY CRIME
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2205_SD1_.pdf

Establishes as a sentencing option a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of one year upon the conviction of the offense of habitual property crime. (SD1)

PASSED: 25-0

*** 

HB 2363 HD2, SD2            REENTRY PILOT PROJECT FOR NONVIOLENT DRUG LAW VIOLATORS.  $
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2363_SD2_.pdf

Provides systematic reentry programming for nonviolent, low-risk drug offenders by establishing a reentry pilot project for nonviolent, low-risk drug offenders. Effective 7/1/2050, and repealed on 6/30/2016. (SD2)

PASSED: 25-0

*** 

HB 2490 HD2, SD2            RELATING TO JUVENILE JUSTICE.    $      (This bill is from the Pew JJ Working Group)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2490_SD2_.pdf

Enhances the juvenile justice system by concentrating secure bed space on serious juvenile offenders. Strengthens disposition, adjustment, diversion, and services available for juvenile offenders to ensure family court judges, court staff, departmental staff, and service providers have the tools needed to keep youth safely and effectively in their communities. Increases interagency collaboration. Establishes a temporary Juvenile Justice Oversight Advisory Council. Makes an unspecified appropriation. Effective 7/1/2030. (SD2)

PASSED: 23-0 (2 with reservations (w/r): not listed but I suspect Thielen and Slom & 2 excused: Galuteria, Hee)

***

We have 4 bills CAP is working on in the HouseThey all passed. The House went at a much quicker pace than ever before. Some years 3rd reading in the House went late into the night. I left at about 3:45 and they had only 4 pages to go. I checked the web and they seemed to be done around 5. Good for them!

SB 2315 SD1 HD1              SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT SERVICES AT HALAWA.   $
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2315_HD1_.pdf

Appropriates funds to the PSD to provide substance abuse treatment services to Halawa Correctional Facility inmates. PASSED UNANIMOUSLY (1 excused: Wooley)

*** 

SB 2308 SD1 HD1              FUNDING PGMS FOR CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS. $
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2308_HD1_.pdf

Makes an appropriation to the department of public safety for programs and services for children of incarcerated parents and to assist with family reunification. (SB2308 HD1)       

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

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SB 2609 SD1 HD2              RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2609_HD2_.pdf

Increases minimum wage rate to $7.75 per hour beginning on 1/1/15, $8.50 per hour beginning on 1/1/16, $9.25 per hour beginning on 1/1/17, and $10.00 per hour beginning on 1/1/18. Increases the tip credit to 50 cents per hour beginning on 1/1/15, and 75 cents per hour beginning on 1/1/16; provided that beginning1/1/15, the combined amount the employee receives in wages and tips is at least $7 more than the applicable minimum wage. (SB2609 HD2)

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY (with reservations w/r:  Awana, Fale, Fukumoto, Hanohano, Har, Johanson, Kawakami, Matsumoto, Takumi, Tokioka)

***

SB 2884 SD2 HD1              DISCRETIONARY PAROLE GATE MONEY.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2884_HD1_.pdf

Specifies that Hawaii Paroling Authority expenditures for cost and maintenance of committed persons, e.g., expenditures for funds provided upon discharge, be subject to legislative appropriation. Clarifies circumstances under which the Authority may grant early discharges. Provides discretion to the Authority to consider for a pardon recommendation a parolee who has been on parole for at least five years. (SB2884 HD1)     

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

There are 3 resolutions with their referrals on which CAP has been offering testimonySUPPORT SCR 80 & SCR 116; OPPOSE SCR 120 SD2.

SCR 80 REQUESTING THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION TO REMOVE MARIJUANA FROM SCHEDULE I OF THE FEDERAL CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT IN RECOGNITION THAT MARIJUANA DOES NOT MEET THE CRITERIA OF A FEDERAL SCHEDULE I CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, AS A CURRENTLY ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA  IN TREATMENT EXISTS IN THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING HAWAII.

REFERRED TO:  PBS, CPC/JUD

SCR 116 - REQUESTING THE HAWAII ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION TO CONVENE A WORKING GROUP TO DEVELOP AN EDUCATIONAL LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM FOR WILLIAM S. RICHARDSON SCHOOL OF LAW GRADUATES TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES TO PURSUE PUBLIC INTEREST CAREERS IN HAWAII THAT DIRECTLY SERVE UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

REFERRED TO:  HRE (HIGHER ED, Isaac Choy, Chair), FIN

 SCR 120 SD2 - REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO EXPLORE A COMPETITIVELY PROCURED PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT FOR A NEW SYSTEM OF CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES THAT MAY INCLUDE REENTRY CENTERS, REPORTING CENTERS, TREATMENT CENTERS, PRISONS, JAILS, AND HALFWAY HOMES, TO BE OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE STATE AND ITS COUNTIES.

REFERRED TO:  PBS, FIN

I will provide more information on the bills and things we can do to move them along when things slow up a bit. Tomorrow there is a briefing on Justice Reinvestment from 10 – 11 am in Room 224. I’ll let you know how that goes.  Again, mahalo nui for all the testimony. It helps legislators do the right thing when they know the community is behind them.

YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

CAP Watch Update: SCR 120 Public Private Partnership Agreement for Correctional Facilities

RESOLUTION FOR PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT FOR NEW CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES

 From Kat:

I apologize for not getting the notices out for this reso. Things are flying fast to meet tight deadlines and it is difficult to let you know what’s up in time for you to submit testimony. Mahalo to CAP, Maui Chapter and `Ohana Ho`opakele for alerting folks to all who submitted testimony, MAHALO PIHA!

On March 24th, Senator Espero’s Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs heard SCR 120 re Public Private Partnership Agreements. There were at least 50 testimonies in opposition with only the administrative agencies supporting – the Department of Public Safety in strong support. The community came out solidly against the idea of more prisons…public or private!

SCR 120
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/CommReports/SCR120_SSCR3267_.htm

Testimony:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Session2014/Testimony/SCR120_TESTIMONY_PSM_03-24-14.PDF

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Session2014/Testimony/SCR120_TESTIMONY_PSM_03-24-14_LATE.PDF

Committee Report:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/CommReports/SCR120_SD1_SSCR3132_.htm

 

Building more prison beds is what legislators do when they don’t want to face the real issues, i.e. sentencing reform, alternative sentencing, ho`oponopono, restorative justice. It is lazy justice to just lock someone up instead of working to address their issues and needs. This is just what the Lingle administration did. AG Mark Bennett testified at hearings for sentencing bills that “we should just send them over there” (referring to Arizona). Sadly, our legislature appears to be in favor of building more prison beds without a critical look at the system. At least Sen. Espero inserted language that the department must provide the legislature with information about the current imprisoned population. There are so many ways to reduce the incarcerated population and enhance public safety that are being ignored.  We need to let the legislature know we don’t want to increase prison beds.

FIX UP!DON’T BUILD UP!

Yesterday, April 2nd, the Committee on Ways and Means (Senate $ committee) held the final Senate hearing on SCR 120 SD1. There was lots of discussion. Sen. DelaCruz (Mr. PLDC) asked why the reso was going down one path instead of looking at alternatives. Of course, his alternatives are not the same as ours.

SCR 120 SD1
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SCR120_SD1_.htm

Testimony:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Session2014/Testimony/SCR120_SD1_TESTIMONY_WAM_04-02-14.PDF

The committee called the Director up for questioning, it was clear to all that he was way beyond his depth as he stuttered and stammered and finally said that he was the ‘prison guy’ not the ‘financial guy’. I guess that says it all about where the department and this administration are going. It’s all about keeping 6,000 people imprisoned. It appears they have abandoned Justice Reinvestment that has successfully reduced the imprisoned populations of places like NY and Texas and decreased crime. The fact that the department is clueless about the public private partnership agreement they are strongly supporting, was revealing. It was, frankly, pitiful and depressing to watch.

It really makes one wonder…is this about elections or justice???

The reso was amended (it’s still bad). Here are the links to the committee report from WAM and the SD2 version of the resolution.

Committee Report:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/CommReports/SCR120_SD2_SSCR3267_.htm

SCR 120 SD2
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SCR120_SD2_.htm

The resolutions are crossing over to the other chamber today. The House will now have to refer it to committee (most likely Public Safety – PBS – and Finance – FIN) and the committee will have to schedule a hearing for SCR 120 SD2. I will try to get as much advance notice from PBS as possible, but frankly, that will probably not happen. Chair Aquino gets his notices out late; his way of giving the agencies what they want and ignoring the public voice. Many, many legislators have complained to me about him and all I can say is “He’s your colleague. Do something!”

I will try my best to get you notices on this reso as soon as they are available.  We need to have plenty people urging a safer and more sensible approach to wrongdoing. Crime is at the lowest rate since 1975.

Prison creates criminal behavior. A diverse array of community programs, economic development, and educational opportunities will help strengthen our communities, restore our families and rebuild the broken lives from which many of our incarcerated come. WE CAN DO THIS…IF WE REALLY WANT TO!

Call or email your legislator today and ask if he/she wants safe, healthy, and just communities. If the legislator says “Yes!” then tell them NO MORE PRISONS! Here are the contact lists for House members:

All House members: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/members/legislators.aspx?chamber=H

PBS members: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/committeepage.aspx?comm=PBS&year=2014

FIN members: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/committeepage.aspx?comm=FIN&year=2014

 

“We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. A radical approach to the US criminal justice system means we must go to the root of the problem.  Not reform.  Not better beds in better prisons.  We are not called to only trim the leaves or prune the branches, but rip up this unjust system by its roots.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

CAP Watch Update – March 26, 2014

From Kat:

CAPWATCH UPDATE

 Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bills and resos have been flying fast and I apologize for being out of touch. I’ve been testifying and monitoring several bills and resolutions. Most of the bills that we are testifying on have appropriations, so these bills will go the (hopefully no-so-bitter) end!

My computer had a nervous breakdown last weekend so I could never send out Action Alerts on the bills for Monday and Tuesday. It kept overheating and shutting down, so I just let it rest Saturday and then Sunday it did the same thing.

I finally surrendered and let it cool down! I guess it gave me a chance to chill out too…

I’m going to give you a fast rundown of where we are. I am happy to say that most of the good bills have gone or are scheduled to go to their last committees this week. Despite losing some great bills (compassionate release, eyewitness id, parole instead of max outs, and eliminating mandatory minimums) early on, we hung on and worked on other things that at least move the system in a better direction.

 

SB 2308 SD1        FUNDING PGMS FOR CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS. $                                                   http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2308_SD1_.pdf

Last committee hearing – FIN 3.27.14

                 

SB 2315 SD1        SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT SERVICES AT HALAWA.   $                                                                   http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2315_SD1_.pdf

Last committee hearing – FIN 3.27.14

 

HB 2333 HD2      STATEWIDE INTEGRATED SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT PROGRAM.   $                                   http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2333_HD2_.pdf

Cap testified only when the bill included juveniles. CAP and the Judiciary

 

HB 2363 HD2, SD1            REENTRY PILOT PROJECT FOR NONVIOLENT DRUG LAW VIOLATORS.  $
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2363_SD1_.pdf

There will be an SD2 (not yet posted) on this since WAM amended the bill.

 

HB 2490 HD2      RELATING TO JUVENILE JUSTICE.             $                                                                          PSM/JDL, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2490_HD2_.pdf                     

  •   This bill needs a WAM hearing.

 

HB 2489 HD2      FUNDING FAMILY COURT PROGRAMS FOR JUVENILE JUSTICE.       $                            HMS/JDL, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2489_HD2_.pdf     

  •   This bill needs a WAM hearing.

HB 2116 HD1      ELIMINATING LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2116_HD2_.pdf

There will be an SD1 (not yet posted) on this since Senate Judiciary and Labor (JDL) amended the bill. There are no more hearings, now it needs to pass 2nd and 3rd reading in the Senate and then cross to the House by April 3rd. The House has to agree or disagree to the Senate amendments. If the House does not agree, the bill goes to conference. We want the House to agree to the amendments.

 

HB 2037 HD1      PROJECT KEALAHOU               $                                                                                                     HTH/HMS, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2037_HD1_.pdf

  •   This bill needs a WAM hearing.

 

SB 2574 SD1, HD1             MEDICAL MARIJUANA.                                                                                                 HLT, JUD/CPC - 3.28
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2574_HD1_.pdf

This was originally Green’s bill that limited the doctors who could recommend medical marijuana. When it crossed over, Belatti inserted her good language from HB 2092.

 

HB 2092 SD1       CLARIFYING HAWAI`I’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2092_SD1_.pdf                      

Not sure what’s going to happen with this bill that really helps clarify things in the medical marijuana program that is moving to DOH in January. This is the House Health Chair’s (Belatti) bill and when it crossed over the Senate Health Chair

(Green) put in his bill SB 2574 that really limits the doctors who can recommend. It appears to be a subtle way to kill the program while giving the appearance of support.

 

SB 2609 SD1                        RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE.                                                                                              LAB, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2609_SD1_.pdf

  •   This bill needs a FIN hearing.

                                                               

SB 2884 SD2        DISCRETIONARY PAROLE GATE MONEY.                                                                                                PBS, FIN – 3.27
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2884_SD2_.pdf                                       

 

SB 60 SD1 HD1                   RIGHT TO RESTORATIVE JUSTICE FOR CRIME VICTIMS. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB60_HD1_.pdf

This bill is going to conference. The House has disagreed to the Senate’s amendments.

 

A note about conference committee:

It generally starts sometime during the 3rd week in April. Members are appointed by their respective leaderships. If a legislator voted “no” on a bill, that person cannot be on that particular bill’s conference committee.

It is kind of pro forma for both chambers to disagree at first. Sometimes things can be worked out, sometimes other bills are ‘traded’ and it is an important time to watch and be alert. One year parity for incarcerated women and girls passed conference and I didn’t realize that they sent the wrong bill to the Governor. Back to square one. It took 4 more years to pass this law. I learned a major lesson and that has never happened since. We watch closely. Conference is called the boneyard because most bills die there – either because they didn’t get scheduled for a conference committee or they met in conference and could not reach agreement on a final measure.  This is the time where the bills must be followed closely. The public is allowed to attend, but not to testify or to speak.  I will send out daily reports from the conference committee because that is where the rubber meets the road. Most of our bills have $ so they will have to wait until the budget is settled.

 

“It is not enough that we do our best;
sometimes we must do what is required.”

Winston Churchill

CAP Action Alert: 3 good bills in Finance tomorrow 3.27.14

3 BILLS WORTHY OF SUPPORT IN FINANCE TOMORROW,THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014

This is the LAST committee for these bills.

cap action alertIf you would like to send testimony, please go to:  www.capitol.hawaii.gov

  • Sign in at the top.
  • Click on the “Submit Testimony” icon.
  • Type the Bill number in the box and click on “Submit.”
  • Click on “support” or “oppose”
  • Click on “Individual” (unless you are a bonafide Organization)
  • Add comments if you wish or attach written testimony from your browser Click on “Next”
  • Check small box at the bottom
  • Press Submit again and you will get a “Successful” message
  • A copy of your testimony will be emailed back to you.

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair
Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Vice Chair
Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Vice Chair
Thursday, March 27, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Room 308

AGENDA #2:

SUPPORT

SB 2308 SD1   RELATING TO CHILDREN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2308_SD1_.pdf

Makes an appropriation to the department of public safety for programs and services for children of incarcerated parents and to assist with family reunification. Effective 07/01/2050. (SD1)

Talking Points:

  • Research shows that children who have at least one parent in prison are  7 times more likely to end up incarcerated themselves
  • These children suffer from grief,  many have mental health issues , and many other issues that affect their schooling and socialization
  • Working with children and their incarcerated parent helps to strengthen the family & provide hope to the incarcerated parent
  • Incarcerated parents who are involved with their children’s development have few write-ups & focus on their rehabilitation

CAP Testimony here.

EASY WAY TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY ON THIS BILL:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2308&year=2014

 

SB 2315 SD1, $ FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT AT HALAWA
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2315_SD1_.pdf

Appropriates funds to the PSD to provide substance abuse treatment services to Halawa Correctional Facility inmates. Effective 07/01/2050. (SD1)

Talking Points:

  • DUH!
  • The recent federal busts of ACOs and incarcerated individuals should make this a no-brainer

CAP testimony here.

 EASY WAY TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY ON THIS BILL:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2315&year=2014

 

SB 2884 SD2   PAROLE & GATE $
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2884_SD2_.pdf

Specifies that funds for discharged persons be subject to legislative appropriation. Clarifies circumstances under which the paroling authority may grant early discharges. Provides discretion to the paroling authority with respect to initial pardon consideration as it relates to paroled prisoners. Effective 07/01/2050. (SD2)

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT GATE MONEY

Talking Points:

  • Hawai`i used to give $200 in ‘gate money’ to people exiting incarceration. No more, though.
  • Individuals need a start when entering the community

CAP testimony here.

EASY WAY TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY ON THIS BILL: 
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2884&year=2014

 

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,

but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

Albert Einstein

CAP Action Alert: Eyewitness ID Reso – Tuesday, March 18 – PLEASE SUPPORT

YAY! THE EYEWITNESS ID RESO IS GETTING A HEARING ON

TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014 IN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE!

 PLEASE SUPPORT,
WE REALLY HAD TO FIGHT FOR THIS!

 

HCR 192 EYEWITNESS ID TASK FORCE                                                                                             JUD, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HCR192_.pdf
REQUESTING THE CONVENING OF A TASK FORCE TO ESTABLISH STATEWIDE PROCEDURAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR EYEWITNESS IDENTIFICATION AND INTERROGATION OF SUSPECTS IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS.

3/14/2014 H Resolution scheduled to be heard by JUD on Tuesday, 03-18-14 2:00PM in Room 325.

cap action alertEASY WAY TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HCR&billnumber=192&year=2014

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT FOR HB 247

Talking Points:

  • 2013 was a record-breaking year for exonerations in the US with 87 exonerations
  • Eyewitness ID has been shown to be accurate in only 8% of test cases
  • Of 312 exonerations,  nearly 75% of the cases were eyewitness mis-identifications
  • Faulty eyewitness identifications are the most prevalent cause of wrongful conviction
  • Alvin Jardine from Maui served 22 years in prison for a crime he did not commit based on eyewitness mis-identification
  • When police are focused on eyewitness ids that may be faulty, the police are led away from real perpetrator
  • American Judicature Society’s (AJS) rigorous, robust scientific field study demonstrated the superiority of the blind-sequential procedure over the blind-simultaneous procedure
  • The AJS study showed there was NO LOSS in correct identifications using the blind-sequential procedure and a 50% reduction in incorrect identifications.
  • Justice demands that the evidence be reliable before someone’s liberty is taken away

Here is a simple statement you can use:
The single greatest contributing factor to wrongful convictions is eyewitness misidentification, contributing to nearly 75 percent of the 312 wrongful convictions overturned by DNA evidence. Fortunately, there are readily available changes to police identification procedures that can greatly improve the reliability of eyewitness evidence and enhance law enforcement’s ability to zero in on true perpetrators early on in the investigative process.  Failure to implement scientifically-supported best practices not only leaves innocent people vulnerable, it also puts the public at great risk since any focus on the wrong person allows the real perpetrator to remain undetected.

It is better to risk saving a guilty man
than to condemn an innocent one.
Voltaire

 

CAP Watch Update: Compassionate Release Bill

From Kat:

Mahalo nui to everyone who contacted rep. Aquino’s office to ask him to hear the Compassionate Release bill (SB 72).

Unfortunately he has chosen not to hear the community voices of compassion and the bill is dead.

Rest assured that Community Alliance on Prisons will continue to push for a more humane system where the dignity of each human being is respected and preserved.

On behalf of all the elderly, sick and dying incarcerated individuals and their families, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 

CAP Action Alert: 3 Bills in House Public Safety – Please support!

3 Bills in House Public Safety Committee

Thursday, March 13
10:00 AM

YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

cap action alertCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY
Rep. Henry Aquino, Chair
Rep. Henry Ing, Vice Chair
Thursday, March 13, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Room 309
SUPPORT

SB 2308 SD1 – SUPPORTING CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2308_SD1_.pdf

Makes an appropriation to the department of public safety for programs and services for children of incarcerated parents and to assist with family reunification. Effective 07/01/2050. (SD1)

The SD 1 blanked out the appropriation (very common until the budget is settled in April).

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • Research shows that children who have at least one parent in prison are  7 times more likely to end up incarcerated themselves
  • These children suffer from grief,  many have mental health issues , and many other issues that affect their schooling and socialization
  • Working with children and their incarcerated parent helps to strengthen the family & provide hope to the incarcerated parent
  • Incarcerated parents who are involved with their children’s development have few write-ups & focus on their rehabilitation

EASY WAY TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY ON THIS BILL: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2308&year=2014

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SB 2315 SD1 – $ to DPS  TO PROVIDE SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT SERVICES AT HALAWA
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2315_SD1_.pdf

Appropriates funds to the PSD to provide substance abuse treatment services to Halawa Correctional Facility inmates. Effective 07/01/2050. (SD1)

The SD 1 blanked out the appropriation

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • DUH!
  • The recent federal busts of ACOs and incarcerated individuals should make this a no-brainer

EASY WAY TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY ON THIS BILL: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2315&year=2014

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SB 2884 SD2 – DISCRETIONARY GATE $
Specifies that funds for discharged persons be subject to legislative appropriation. Clarifies circumstances under which the paroling authority may grant early discharges. Provides discretion to the paroling authority with respect to initial pardon consideration as it relates to paroled prisoners. Effective 07/01/2050. (SD2)

The SD1 just made technical, non-substantive changes

The SD2 defected the date – meaning that they gave it an effective date of 2050 so the bill goes to conference. However, as with all bills containing an appropriation, it will depend on the settlement of the budget.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT GATE MONEY

Talking Points:

  • Hawai`i used to give $200 in ‘gate money’ to people exiting incarceration. No more, though.
  • Individuals need a start when entering the community

EASY WAY TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY ON THIS BILL: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2884&year=2014

 

Your Voice Matters!

Every time you speak out for justice a mother smiles. A father has hope of a better future for his child. A child is grateful that you remembered his parents.

 Me ke aloha pumehana.