Contact Senate Judiciary NOW – Ask them to pass HB 1489!

From Kat:

Kia Ora from Aotearoa!

I am shocked that the Senate Judiciary Committee has deferred HB 1489 – the bill that would codify in state statute the tremendous work of Patsy Mink.

I am sending Barbara Polk’s email and asking that you contact the committee by email asap to ask them to pass HB 1489…a bill that had no opposition.  Please contact the committee now!

The Senate Judiciary Committee deferred this bill yesterday, despite NO negative testimony in any of its three hearings, and lots of supportive testimony in each.  A majority of JUD committee members, including Chair Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran, sponsored the Senate companion bill, but did not hear it.  Now they have deferred the House bill.  I don’t think we should let this lie. If the 100% Democratic Senate cannot pass a bill that guarantees civil rights to more than half the population of the state, it needs to hear what we think.

Here is the bill’s short description:

Prohibits a state agency or program or activity receiving state financial assistance from excluding from participation, denying benefits to, or discriminating against a qualified individual by reason of disability, sex, including gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. (HB1489 HD1)

I would suggest emailing the committee members asking why they deferred a bill that had no public opposition. And if there is no response by today, blanketing the Senate with emails (sens@capitol.hawaii.gov) objecting. Time is of the essence–the bill has also been referred to WAM, so if it does not pass 2nd reading in the Senate by Friday, it dies.

For more information, to read the bill, and see testimony:

Vice Chair Karl Rhoads <senrhoads@capitol.hawaii.gov>, Senator Laura Thielen <senthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov>,
Senator Donna Mercado Kim <senkim@capitol.hawaii.gov> and Senator Mike Gabbard <sengabbard@capitol.hawaiil.gov>

CAPWATCH Update: 12 bills CAP testified on last week

Status of Bills Heard March 14th – 17th

JUSTICE REINVESTMENT
HB 1135 HD1     JUSTICE REINVESTMENT INITIATIVE        PSM, JDL
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1135_HD1_.pdf
2.14.17 PSM PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (SD1): Took Prosecutor and Crime Victim & Prosecutor amendments (need to clarify what they are)

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ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION
HB 1246 HD2     PRE-TRIAL RELEASE; ALTERNAT PGMS; ELECTRONIC MONITOR   PSM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1246_HD2_.HTM
2.14.17 PSM PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (SD1): Clarified that electronic monitoring could be used for home confinement

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SENTENCING
Criminal Trespass:
SB 895 SD1    Criminal Trespass; St Lands; St Hwys      WAL, JUD
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB895_SD1_.pdf
3.15.17 WAL PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (HD1)

 HB 1142    CRIM TRESPASS; DOT LANDS; ST HWYS TRE, JDL
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1142_.pdf
3.15.17 TRE DEFERRED THE BILL (DEAD THIS SESSION)
Good that this bill is dead but SB 895 SD1 HD1 is still alive and has to be put down in Judiciary

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COMMUNITY COURT OUTREACH
SB 718 SD1         COMMUNITY CT OUTREACH PROJECT    JUD, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB718_SD1_.pdf
3.15.17 JUD PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (HD1)

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Admin Segregation & Solitary:

SB 603 SD1         CORR FACILS; ADMIN & DISC SEG; RESTRICT PBS, JUD
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB603_SD1_.pdf
3.16.17 PBS PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (HD1)
Contents of the bill gutted; Add report on how many incarcerated people are in segregation; how long they are in in segregation; administrative segregation no more tha 14 days; disciplinary no more than 60 days; number of transgender persons in segregation and length of stay in all facilities in Hawai`i and Arizona. Add language from HB 462 requesting consultants to look for 4.5 acres or larger and to suspend the EOS process for OCCC relocation.

ID:

SB 1039 SD1       INMATES; SOC SECURITY CARD; BIRTH CERTIF; ID ($)     PBS, JUD, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB1039_SD1_.pdf
3.16.17 PBS PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (HD1)
Public safety asked that parolees be added, along with a $20,000 implementation cost.

HB 463 HD1        STATE ID CARD; SAT CITY HALLS                PSM/TRE,WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB463_HD1_.pdf
3.16.17 PSM PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (SD1)

Kulani:
HB 478 HD1        KULANI, WAIAWA AG OP; ($)     PSM/AEN, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB478_HD1_.pdf
3.17.17 PSM/AEN PASSED with SD1.
Amendments were to blank out $ amount(s) and add an appropriation for Waiawa

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LEAD

HB 1195 HD1     HOMELESSNESS; ($)                        HMS, JDL/WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1195_HD1_.pdf
3.17.17 HMS did not have quorum, so will vote on this bill on Wednesday, 3.22 @ 2:45 pm in Room 016.

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JUVENILE JUSTICE

HB 844 HD1        SAFE PLACES FOR YOUTH ;; ($) HMS, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB844_HD1_.pdf
3.17.17 HMS did not have quorum, so will vote on this bill on Wednesday, 3.22 @ 2:45 pm in Room 016.

HB 1466 HD1     YOUTH ADVIS COMM; OYS         HMS, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1466_HD1_.pdf
3.17.17 HMS did not have quorum, so will vote on this bill on Wednesday, 3.22 @ 2:45 pm in Room 016.

Bills & Resolutions This Week Tues, Wed, and Thurs

TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL, AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair
Sen. Glenn Wakai, Vice Chair
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
2:00 pm
Room 229

HB 845 HD2    PSM, JDL/WAM    INMATES; IDENTIFICATION CARDS; REENTRY; ($)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB845_HD2_.pdf
Requires the Department of Public Safety in collaboration with county and state agencies and, upon request of the inmate, to issue civil identification cards to inmates and to assist inmate in obtaining the inmate’s birth certificate, social security card, and other relevant identification necessary for successful reentry into society. (HB845 HD2) GATES, CREAGAN, ING, C. LEE, LOWEN, OHNO, TAKAYAMA, DeCoite, LoPresti, Nakamura, Quinlan, Todd, Woodson

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • Identification is the lynchpin of successful reentry and reintegration
  • Without proper identification, formerly incarcerated persons cannot secure housing * Get a Job * Open a bank account * Cash a check       * Register to vote * Get a library card
  • SB 1039 is better, but still needs a little work.
  • Please support id for folks exiting incarceration and those on work furlough, extended work furlough, and community placement.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR

Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran, Chair
Sen. Karl Rhoads, Vice Chair
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
9:30 am
Room 016

HB1489 HD1      JDL, WAM    DISCRIMINATION; SEX; GENDER ID/EXPRESSION; SEXUAL ORIEN.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1489_HD1_.pdf
Prohibits a state agency or program or activity receiving state financial assistance from excluding from participation, denying benefits to, or discriminating against a qualified individual by reason of disability, sex, including gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. (HB1489 HD1)BELATTI, EVANS, ICHIYAMA, LOWEN, MATSUMOTO, NAKAMURA, NAKASHIMA, SAN BUENAVENTURA, DeCoite

GREAT BILL!

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • This is an important bill that guarantees the rights of ALL people will be respected
  • It codifies, in state statute, Patsy Minkʻs Title IX
  • We must keep reminding everyone that the Aloha Spirit is in statute
  • If we really want peace in our communities, we must treat each other with aloha and kindness

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY

Rep. Gregg Takayama, Chair
Rep. Matt Lo Presti, Vice Chair
Thursday, March 23, 2017
10:00 am
Room 312

HCR 134    PBS, JUD     REQUESTING THE JUDICIARY TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO EXAMINE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING CRIMINAL PRETRIAL PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES TO MAXIMIZE PUBLIC SAFETY, MAXIMIZE COURT APPEARANCES, AND MAXIMIZE PRETRIAL RELEASE OF THE ACCUSED AND PRESUMED INNOCENT.  NISHIMOTO
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/Bills/HCR134_.pdf

CAP POSITION: COMMENTS

 

HCR 156     PBS, FIN    REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO INCLUDE SITES THAT ARE 4.5 ACRES OR LARGER IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT PROCESS FOR THE OAHU COMMUNITY CORRECTIONAL CENTER RELOCATION.  TAKAYAMA, CREAGAN, GATES, ING, LOPRESTI, DeCoite, Thielen
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/Bills/HCR156_.pdf

CAP POSITION: COMMENTS

 

HCR 157      PBS, JUD    REQUESTING THAT THE CORRECTIONAL JUSTICE TASK FORCE CONTINUE ITS STUDY OF EFFECTIVE INCARCERATION POLICIES TO REDUCE THE INMATE POPULATION, LOWER RECIDIVISM, AND IMPROVE HAWAII’S CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM.  TAKAYAMA, CREAGAN, GATES, ING, LOPRESTI, DeCoite, Thielen
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/Bills/HCR157_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

 

HCR 158    PBS, JUD    ENCOURAGING THE CONTINUATION AND EXPANSION OF COMMUNITY-BASED WORK FURLOUGH PROGRAMS TO ASSIST FEMALE INMATES TRANSITION BACK INTO SOCIETY. BELATTI, EVANS, FUKUMOTO, LUKE, MATSUMOTO, MORIKAWA, NAKAMURA, SAN BUENAVENTURA, THIELEN, DeCoite
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/Bills/HCR158_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

 

3 Important Bills on Fri. 3/17 – Please support!

Sen. Green has scheduled the LEAD bill and 2 other great juvenile justice bills! Yay!!! May the luck of the Irish be with us!!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Sen. Josh Green, Chair
Sen. Stanley Chang, Vice Chair
Friday, March 17, 2017
2:50 pm
Room 016

HB 1195 HD1   HOMELESSNESS; APPROPRIATIONS ($)   HMS, JDL/WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1195_HD1_.pdf
Appropriates funds to DOH and DHS, including the office of youth services, to provide homeless outreach services.  MORIKAWA, BROWER, CREAGAN, EVANS, KOBAYASHI, MCKELVEY, MIZUNO, NAKASHIMA, ONISHI, TAKAYAMA, TAKUMI, TOKIOKA, WOODSON

This is an important bill that funds a variety of programs for people living unsheltered in our communities. Among other important appropriations, the committee report shows an earmark of $200,000 to establish a LEAD pilot program in Honolulu.

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • Of the 16,000 arrests made on Oahu last year, 61% involved people who were severely mentally ill or abusing drugs, according to the Honolulu Police Department
  • 43% of detainees in HPD’s central cell block last year were homeless. Of those, 72% had a serious mental illness or substance abuse problem
  • A community of service providers, community organizations, agencies, and policymakers have been meeting since June 2016 to build the infrastructure that is vital to make this program work
  • Real thought and planning about how to best serve some of the most vulnerable people in our community form the basis for this program
  • Dept. of Health has been on board and excited about this pilot

 

HB 844 HD1   SAFE PLACES FOR YOUTH PILOT PGM; AT-RISK YOUTH; COORDINATOR;  ($)   HMS, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB844_HD1_.pdf
Requires the Office of Youth Services to coordinate a two-year Safe Places for Youth Pilot Program in partnership with private organizations to coordinate a network that youth can access for safety and where youth can obtain advice, guidance, programs, and services. Establishes a Safe Places for Youth Pilot Program Coordinator position. Appropriates funds. GATES, BELATTI, BROWER, CREAGAN, EVANS, HAR, HOLT, KEOHOKALOLE, C. LEE, LOPRESTI, MORIKAWA, NAKASHIMA, NISHIMOTO, OHNO, OSHIRO, TODD, WOODSON, Johanson, Quinlan, San Buenaventura

Another great bill for our youth!

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • The Safe Place Network will link together many existing resources for youth and families, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA/YWCAs, Family Centers and Neighborhood places
  • It will provide young people with ways to deal with problems before they get into trouble with the law
  • It will provide early intervention that avoids involvement with the juvenile justice, child welfare systems and helps youth and families resolve their issues
  • The 24-hour crisis response will follow the National Safe Place model, in which community partners, such as fire stations and public bus systems are recruited as places where young people can go in an emergency

 

HB 1466 HD1    YOUTH ADVISORY COMMISSION    HMS, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1466_HD1_.pdf
Establishes a youth advisory commission within the office of youth services to advise the governor and legislature on issues relating to youth.  TODD, KEOHOKALOLE, LOPRESTI, MCKELVEY, MORIKAWA/

Another great bill based on best practices!

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • A commission that is comprised entirely of youth to work on issues and policies to improve their lives is crucial
  • The research CAP has done on youth justice shows that having their voices and experiences to inform public policy leads to much better policymaking
  • Engaging our youth in civic matters makes great citizens and future leaders!

CAP Action Alert: 2 Very Important Bills on Thurs 3/16 – Please Support!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY

Rep. Gregg Takayama, Chair
Rep. Matt LoPresti, Vice Chair
Thursday, March 16, 2017
10:00 am
Room 312

SB 1039 SD 2      SOC SEC CARD; BIRTH CERT; ID ($)      PBS, JUD, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB1039_SD2_.pdf
Requires PSD to work with the Social Security Administration to enter into an agreement to obtain replacement social security cards for inmates. Requires PSD, in conjunction with DOH, DOT, and the examiner of drivers of each county, to provide Hawaii-born inmates with copies of birth certificates and driver’s licenses or civil ID cards free of charge. Requires PSD to assist inmates born outside of Hawaii to obtain birth certificates and photo IDs. Requires PSD to initiate the process of obtaining social security cards, birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and civil ID cards at least ninety days prior to release for inmates released to work furlough, extended furlough, or community placement programs. (SD1)

NISHIHARA, ESPERO, IHARA, KIDANI, K. RHOADS, S. Chang, Dela Cruz, Keith-Agaran, Taniguchi, Wakai     

 CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORTVERY IMPORTANT BILL!

Talking Points:

  • Identification is a vital piece of successful reentry and reintegration
  • Hawai`i is the ONLY STATE with NO AGREEMENT WITH THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
  • This bill requires the department to get crackin’ on this vital reentry piece!
  • Without proper identification, formerly incarcerated persons cannot
  • Secure housing
  • Employment
  • Open a bank account
  • Cash a check
  • Register to vote
  • Get a library card

 

SB 603 SD1    CORR FACILS; ADMIN & DISCIPLIn SEG; RESTRICT,  PBS, JUD
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB603_SD1_.pdf
Creates restrictions on the use of administrative segregation and disciplinary segregation in corrections facilities.  NISHIHARA, ESPERO, Baker, Dela Cruz, K. Kahele, Kidani, Wakai

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT

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CAP Action Alert: 3 More Bills Wed 3/15, Thurs 3/16 and Fri 3/17

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Chair
Rep. Joy San Buenaventura, Vice Chair
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
2:00 pm
Room 325

SB 718 SD1           COMMUNITY COURT OUTREACH PROJECT            JUD, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB718_SD1_.pdf
Establishes a community court outreach project in the City and County of Honolulu from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2020. Requires, under the project, the Judiciary to operate a mobile court that travels to community sites where defendants cited or arrested for nonviolent offenses live or congregate and disposes of the cases after plea agreements have been reached by the Honolulu prosecuting attorney and public defender. Appropriates general funds. TOKUDA, K. RHOADS, Kouchi

2.28.17 JDL/WAM PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (Blanked out $; inserted language that funding will be transferred to prosecutor and public defender within 30 days of enactment; “defected” the date to 1.7.59 to continue discussion; made technical amendments).

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • This program dovetails nicely with the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) program
  • The current version of the bill allocates funds to the prosecutor and the public defender. We respectfully request that funds also be allocated to the service providers who are also a vital part of the program
  • This helps some of the most vulnerable people in our community clear up numerous fines and violations to avoid the “debt spiral”
  • The Community Court handled over 100 cases for 7 individuals in January and February.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL, AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair
Sen. Glenn Wakai, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND ENERGY

Sen. Lorraine Inouye, Chair
Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, Vice Chair

Thursday, March 16, 2017
1:30 pm
Room 229

HB 463 HD1     STATE ID  CARD; SATELLITE CITY HALLS;             PSM/TRE, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB463_HD1_.pdf
Allows any satellite city hall in any county with a population of more than seven hundred thousand persons to issue Hawaii state identification cards. Requires a report to the legislature.  TAKAYAMA, DECOITE, HAR, JOHANSON, KEOHOKALOLE, KONG, TAKUMI, THIELEN

2.7.17 JUD PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. Changed effective date to 7.1.2050

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • Lack of identification is the largest barrier to reentry
  • Despite the department saying they donʻt throw out identification; there are a plethora of stories that refute that assertion
  • Without identification, a person cannot cash a check, get a library card, register to vote, open up a bank account, cash a check, etc.
  • It can take anywhere from 1 month to a year for some folks to gather the documents needed for identification
  • It is shameful that Hawai`i releases people with no money and no identification and lends credence to the reports of correctional officers at the gate telling released folks, “See you next week”.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

HB 478 HD1     KULANI, WAIAWA AGRICULTURE OPERATION;  ($)   PSM/AEN, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB478_HD1_.pdf
Appropriates funds for a full-time agricultural management position and equipment for the Kulani correctional facility agriculture operation. ONISHI, CREAGAN, DECOITE, HAR, JOHANSON, KEOHOKALOLE, MORIKAWA, NAKASHIMA, OHNO, OSHIRO, TAKAYAMA, TODD      AMENDMENTS: Add Waiawa, blank out money amount, defect date

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • This is a good program for the people at Kulani and it now includes Waiawa – working outside in fresh air is good for health
  • Growing food for the facility would result in cost savings and better nutrition for the people there
  • Learning how to farm is a needed skill as the state moves toward greater food sustainability
  • An agricultural manager will keep the programs on track and hopefully will provide reports to the legislature on their progress, needs, and improvements

CAP is getting the word out!

It is important to get the word out on what is happening in the justice arena!

On Monday, March 13th from 9-2 there is a FESTIVAL OF RESISTANCE at UH MANOA CAMPUS CENTER. CAP is sharing a table with the Community Justice Coalition – Ka`imi will be there from 9-10 and then Kat will be there until about 1 pm. We have one other volunteer to help out. Please email Kat (kat.caphi@gmail.com )and Ka`imi (mknaloha@gmail.com) if you can put in some time at the table.

On Saturday, March 4, Kat presented at a training for the Kuleana Academy, an entity that is training progressives to run for office, organize campaigns, and work for the community. Great group of progressive people from all islands…very hopeful in these times!

Also coming up, Kat has been invited to present at The International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents (INCCIP) in New Zealand (Aotearoa). So, she has been researching and writing a 5,000 word paper that she will be present. Delegates are attending from 19 countries and 5 continents.  They are from universities, research networks, and organizations that work with the families and children of prisoners and advocacy groups.

On Saturday, March 4, Kat presented at a training for the Kuleana Academy, an entity that is training progressives to run for office, organize campaigns, and work for the community. Great group of progressive people from all islands…very hopeful in these times!

I am convinced that imprisonment is a way of pretending to solve the problem of crime. It does nothing for the victims of crime, but perpetuates the idea of retribution, thus maintaining the endless cycle of violence in our culture. It is a cruel and useless substitute for the elimination of those conditions–poverty, unemployment, homelessness, desperation, racism, greed–which are at the root of most punished crime. The crimes of the rich and powerful go mostly unpunished. – Howard Zinn

 

CAP Action Alert: 4 Bills on Tues. 3/14 and Wed. 3/15

Bills scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Committee on public Safety, Intergovernmental and military Affairs

Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair
Sen. Glenn Wakai, Vice Chair
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
1:15 pm
Room 229

HB 1135 HD1    JUSTICE REINVESTMENT INIT    PSM/JDL
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1135_HD1_.pdf
Amends Act 139, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012, to delete the repeal and reenactment provision in section 14.

SOUKI (Introduced by request of another party)
The HD1 “defected the date” to 2050.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • Change date to “EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
  • This is about Justice Reinvestment, passed in 2012 and minimally implemented
  • Passing this bill will allow Public Safety to continue work on Justice Reinvestment

HB 1246 HD2   PRE-TRIAL RELEASE; ALTERNATIVE PGMS; ELEC MON & SURVEILL; ($) PSM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1246_HD2_.HTM
Expands the authority of DPS to release certain pre-trial detainees and sentenced offenders to include felons. Requires electronic monitoring of released detainees and offenders. Authorizes electronic monitoring of offenders in programs that offer alternatives to incarceration. Appropriates funds. TAKAYAMA, BELATTI, BROWER, CACHOLA, CREAGAN, EVANS, GATES, KEOHOKALOLE, LOPRESTI, MCDERMOTT, NISHIMOTO, SAIKI, SOUKI, DeCoite, Ichiyama, Kobayashi, Todd

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT w AMENDMENTS

Talking Points: Continue reading

CAPWATCH: Transcript of Decision on HB 462 – 3,000 Bed Prison at Waiawa

CAPWATCHYour voice is changing the conversation! And, that is incredibly important!

As you know, CAP has been super busy at the legislature. Kat is working on the list of bills that we have been working on and will send that out later. Today is what is called FIRST LATERAL. This means that all bills have to have gone through their 1st and/or 2nd committees and be headed for their last committee (JUD (Judiciary) and/or FIN (Finance) in the House and JDL (Judiciary and Labor) and/or WAM (Ways and Means) in the Senate.

But, while Kat is working on that, here is a transcript of the decisionmaking that took place yesterday on one of the worst bills this session – HB 462 – proposing a 3,000 bed prison at Waiawa. The proposal requires the department of public safety to solicit proposals for a new correctional facility at Waiawa Correctional Facility.

Mahalo to all the people who weighed in on this proposal, which is all about a building with absolutely no analysis of who would live there; who should actually be there; and what is needed to address the issues regarding the pathways that send people to prison.

We are making headway on this ill-conceived plan because of your testimony. Here is the transcript:

DECISIONMAKING ON  HB 462 – Thursday, February 16, 2017

CHAIR TAKAYAMA:  You might recall that at the hearing last week the Attorney General while discussing the bill raised an issue that it was a specific bill as opposed to a general bill and raised constitutional issues. The House attorney has cleared the bill. It is still not clear to me why the AG raised the concern on this particular bill, but in any case it is cleared for consideration. Continue reading

CAP Action Alert: Testimony Needed for Bills on Feb. 9, 2017

Bills being heard include the worst bill of the session – HB 462! See below. We need testimony in opposition of this bill!

ACTION ALERTCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY

Rep. Gregg Takayama, Chair
Rep. Matt LoPresti, Vice Chair
Thursday, February 9, 2017
10:00 am
Room 312

HB 1501 Drug Paraphernalia; Possession and Delivery; Civil Violations PBS, JUD
Changes drug paraphernalia possession and delivery offenses from felonies to civil violations. SAN BUENAVENTURA, CREAGAN, EVANS, MIZUNO, NISHIMOTO, TODD, WOODSON, Brower, DeCoite

This bill makes possession of drug paraphernalia a civil fine of $100.

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT
CAP Testimony: 2-9-17-pbs-hb-1501-support

Talking Points:

  • 74% of all people in Hawai`iʻs correctional system are Class C felons, misdemeanants, petty misdemeanants, technical parole and probation violators (many for dirty drug screens)
  • Removing the felony offense and NOT imprisoning people for non-serious offenses could save Hawai`i millions of dollars that could be spent addressing the public health and social challenges many of our people face
  • Research is clear that criminal records are a huge barrier to employment and upward mobility, therefore, reducing this class c felony to a civil violation would prevent lots of harm

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