All CAP Bills Signed!

All of our bills have now been signed into law. Mahalo nui to everyone who weighed in on bills. YOUR VOICE MATTERS! Here is the list:

2017 (8)

HB 1246 – ELECTRONIC MONITORING – ACT 74

SB 718  – COMMUNITY COURT OUTREACH PROGRAM – ACT 55

HB 845 –  IDS FOR THOSE EXITING INCARCERATION/WORK FURLOUGH – ACT 56

HB 478 – DPS AG MGR. & EQUIPMENT AT WAIAWA AND KULANI  – ACT 119

HB 1135 – MAKING THE JUSTICE REINVESTMENT INITIATIVE PERMANENT – ACT 77

HB 1501 – DRUG PARAPHERNALIA (VIOLATION, NOT FELONY) – ACT 72

HB 209 – TAX FAIRNESS BILL – ACT 107
$200,000 TO START LEAD PILOT PROGRAM IN HONOLULU

Tues 6/27 Please Attend – Correctional Reform Task Force Meeting

HCR 85 TASK FORCE MEETING
TUESDAY, JUNE 27 at 10:00 am
Hawai`i Supreme Court Conference Room 

This task force is working to create a roadmap for correctional reform.

Since there is NO COMMUNITY REPRESENTATION ON THE TASK FORCE (Kaneshiro was appointed by the Director of Public Safety as the “community voice” but rarely shows up) it is vital for the community to show up and voice our comments and thoughts to the task force.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend!

2017 Justice Bills: 29th Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Session ended around 6:30 pm (from 9 am) – long day on hard wooden benches. Kat ran between House and Senate. The big drama was around the rail bill (HB 1138) which eventually failed and the website has something Kat has never seen before – House CDs and Senate CDs. Both different and no agreement. The bill is DEAD. And there are multiple copies of the drafts posted. There is more interesting stuff to report – coming soon!

CAP ended the committee hearings with the passage on 3rd reading for 13 bills we worked on. We started conference with 12 bills having been assigned conferees (the Senate did not assign conferees to HB 463) and one bill (SB 603) did not get scheduled for conference.

Of the 11 bills that went to conference, 8 passed (most good or an OK start; 1 – SB 895 –  not so good).

The 3 bills that died in conference were SB 249 – Judicial Attack (we’re glad); HB 844 – Safe Places for Youth (no funding – we’re sad); and HB 1195 – Appropriations for various Houseless programs (I think at least some of the funding for most of the programs in this bill came through other measures. The $200,000 funding for the LEAD pilot program is in the DOH budget appropriation (that’s great!).

ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION
HB 1246 CD1 Criminal Offenders; Alternative Programs; Electronic Monitoring & Surveillance
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1246_CD1_.HTM         
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/CommReports/HB1246_CD1_CCR23_.htm

This bill just adds electronic monitoring as an alternative to incarceration for those on (1) Home detention, curfew or both; (2) Supervised release, graduated release, furlough, and structured educational or vocational programs; (3) Similar programs created and designated as alternative programs by the legislature or the director of public safety for inmates who do not pose significant risks to the community.

5.2.17 – PASSED FINAL READING
HOUSE:  48-0-3  Representative(s) Har, McDermott, Tupola voting no
SENATE: 21-0-4 Excused, 4 (Senator(s) Dela Cruz, Galuteria, Green, Kidani).

COMMUNITY COURT OUTREACH
SB 718 CD1    COMMUNITY COURT OUTREACH PROJECT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB718_CD1_.pdf
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/CommReports/SB718_CD1_CCR99_.htm

This bill makes the project permanent subject to the availability of sufficient funds; deletes the requirement that the Judiciary enter into memoranda of agreement to specify the terms and conditions of each agency’s participation in the project; requires the prosecutor and the public defender to participate in the project; deletes the appropriation since funding is in budget; adds that the Chief Justice, as an alternative recommendation in the report to the Legislature and the Governor on the project, may recommend that the project be terminated; effective 7.1.17.

5.2.17 – PASSED FINAL READING
HOUSE:  50-0-1 Rep. Ichiyama excused
SENATE: UNANIMOUS

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

ID:
HB 845  CD1              INMATES; IDENTIFICATION CARDS; REENTRY; ($)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB845_CD1_.pdf
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/CommReports/HB845_CD1_CCR24_.htm

This bill does not require the department to ensure that every person is released with proper identification. It merely says the department should inform folks of the availability of departmental assistance to obtain the person’s birth certificate, social security card, and any other relevant identification documents necessary for transition. It is the department’s responsibility to ensure that people are safely released into the community. When folks exit with nothing, what are they supposed to do? The legislature allocated $25,000 to public safety and again, there is no reporting requirement. $25,000 more to the department to play with; no accountability.

5.2.17 – PASSED FINAL READING
HOUSE:  UNANIMOUS
SENATE: UNANIMOUS

Kulani:
HB 478 CD1   KULANI, WAIAWA AGRICULTURE OPERATION; APPROPRIATION ($)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB478_CD1_.pdf
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/CommReports/HB478_CD1_CCR112_.htm

This is a good bill that should sustain the agricultural programs at Kulani and Waiawa. It allocates $50,000 at each facility for an ag manager and $50,000 for farm equipment at each facility. Again, no reporting required.

5.2.17 – FINAL READING
HOUSE:   UNANIMOUS
SENATE:  UNANIMOUS

JUSTICE REINVESTMENT
HB 1135 CD1             PUBLIC SAFETY;  JUSTICE REINVESTMENT INITIATIVE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1135_CD1_.pdf
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/CommReports/HB1135_CD1_CCR33_.htm

This bill was a simple one page housekeeping measure to make the Hawai`i Justice Reinvestment Initiative permanent. It is now a 15 page bill mostly about restitution; an important subject that should be widely discussed, rather than sneaked into a bill.

5.2.17 – PASSED FINAL READING
HOUSE:   UNANIMOUS
SENATE:  UNANIMOUS

SENTENCING

Criminal Trespass:
SB 895 CD1                CRIMINAL TRESPASS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB895_CD1_.pdf
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/CommReports/SB895_CD1_CCR41_.htm

This bill has been widely opposed during hearings. The state keeps trying to say that it is not a bill about sweeps of the houseless, however the bill makes it a petty misdemeanor for staying on improved state land. The only good thing we can say is that it prohibits a felony conviction. What will it take to finally convince policymakers that we need housing that our people can afford?

5.2.17 – PASSED FINAL READING
HOUSE:  44-7-0 Representative(s) Gates, LoPresti, Tokioka voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) DeCoite, Ing, Lowen, McKelvey, San Buenaventura, Thielen, Tupola voting no (7) and none excused (0).
SENATE: 20-4-1 (Galuteria excused) Aye(s) with reservations: Senator(s) Ihara, Taniguchi. Noes, 4 (Senator(s) Green, K. Kahele, Ruderman, L. Thielen). Excused, 1 (Senator(s) Galuteria).

Drug Paraphernalia:
HB 1501 CD1             DRUG PARAPHERNALIA; POSSESSION AND DELIVERY; CIVIL VIOLATIONS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1501_CD1_.pdf
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/CommReports/HB1501_CD1_CCR11_.htm

This bill reduces the sanction for the possession of drug paraphernalia from a felony to a violation with a fine up to $500 and is effective upon approval (Gov’s signature).

5.2.17 – FINAL READING
HOUSE:  42-9-0   Representative(s) Aquino, Cullen, Say, Yamane voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Choy, Har, Kong, Matsumoto, McDermott, Ohno, Oshiro, Tupola, Ward voting no (9) and none excused (0).
SENATE: UNANIMOUS

TAX CREDITS
HB 209 CD1               TAX FAIRNESS BILL
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB209_CD1_.pdf
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/CommReports/HB209_CD1_CCR121_.htm

Mahalo to Hawai`i Appleseed for their great organizing work on this bill. It’s only about half of what is needed, but it is real progress.  It makes permanent higher tax rates on our top earners; the Food Credit will be made permanent; and there will be a 20% non-refundable Working Family Credit/EITC for 5 years. (we have been testifying in favor of a state tax credit for about 2 decades, so this is a great start!

 5.2.17 – PASSED FINAL READING
HOUSE:  44-6-1  Representative(s) Oshiro, Tupola, Ward voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Choy, Har, Ito, Kong, Say, Tokioka voting no (6) and Representative(s) Ichiyama excused (1).
SENATE: UNANIMOUS

Final Conferences – Day 7

Conference Update
April 28, 2017

Friday was the final conference day. We were watching 3 bills – safe places program for youth – HB 844, the bill attacking the Judiciary – SB 249; and the tax fairness bill – HB 209. Then Kat sat in on a few other conferences for bills we are interested in but were too busy to testify on, such as HB 1488 about the medical marijuana program – it passed; the rail conference was interesting – they reached agreement on SB 1183. More info on our bills will be sent later.

Here’s what happened at Friday’s conference committees…

JUVENILE JUSTICE
HB 844 HD1 SD1       SAFE PLACES FOR YOUTH PILOT PGM; AT-RISK YOUTH; COORDINATOR; ($)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB844_HD1_.pdf

DEAD THIS SESSION. This bill did not get funding, so it died. Advocates have tried for many years to get this started in Hawai`i…we’re getting closer, but we need to keep on pushing for more programs for our youth.

JUDICIARY
SB 249 SD2 HD1       REDUCTION IN RETIREMENT FOR JUDGES
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB249_HD1_.pdf

DEAD THIS SESSION. We are glad this bill died, however, since our legislature works on a biennium calendar, this bill is alive next session and the Senate Chair said they would bring it back. What a waste of time and resources when so many in our community are suffering.

TAX CREDITS

HB 209 HD1 SD1       LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLD RENTERS; EITC; TAX RATES; FOOD EXCISE TAX CR
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB209_SD1_.pdf

PASSED! Thanks to the tremendous work of HAWAI`I APPLESEED. It’s only about half of what is needed, but it is real progress.

1) The higher tax rates on our top earners will be made permanent

2) The improvements to the Food Credit will be made permanent

3) There will be a 20% non-refundable Working Family Credit/EITC for 5 years

Conference Update – Days 5 & 6

Wed. 4/26 & THurs. 4/27

Yesterday was the deadline for all non-fiscal bills. CAP still has 3 bills in conference committee. They have been “rolled over” each day because they have appropriations. Today, Friday April 28th is the last day for money bills.

The 3 bills are:

JUDICIAL RETIREMENT
SB 249 SD2 HD1       REDUCTION IN RETIREMENT FOR JUDGES
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB249_HD1_.pdf

Unlike other recent adjustments to retirement benefits, which covered legislators, judges, senior executive branch officials, and general state and county employees, this bill targets only judges. This is highly unusual and raises concerns that this bill is a further challenge to judicial independence. At the House Finance hearing on this bill, the State Employment Retirement System (ERS) advised in response to a question that implementing this measure could cost $50,000 to $100,000 on the front end, and estimated that it would be approximately 10 to 20 years before the State sees significant savings. CAPʻs concern with this bill is the separation of powers doctrine and honoring the checks and balances established with 3 EQUAL BRANCHES of government.

JUVENILE JUSTICE
HB 844 HD1 SD1       SAFE PLACES FOR YOUTH PILOT PGM; AT-RISK YOUTH; COORDINATOR; ($)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB844_HD1_.pdf

Youth advocates have been working on this bill for many years. We have gotten far this year and Kat is hopeful that this program is funded so that we help our youth and keep them out of the correctional system. No one Kat has spoken to knows if the funding for this program is in the $240,000 allocated to Office of Youth Services in the budget.

TAX CREDITS
HB 209 HD1 SD1       LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLD RENTERS; EITC; TAX RATES; FOOD EXCISE TAX CR
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB209_SD1_.pdf

This bill has wide support, due to the incredible work of Nicole Woo and Hawai`i Appleseed. The sticky issue appears to be the decision to eliminate taxes for the lowest income brackets or a tax credit for low income renters. Actually, to do both would be best. We will see what emerges. Kat is hopeful that some relief for our struggling families will pass.

 

 

Report from the front: Conference Day 4, Tues. 4/25

CAPWATCH CONFERENCE UPDATE

We were following 8 bills in conference on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from morning until late afternoon. 4 passed (Ag projects at Kulani and Waiawa; Electronic monitoring; ID; Justice Reinvestment); 2 (LEAD & Community Court) are in the budget. Hereʻs the status of the bills:

JUVENILE JUSTICE

HB 844 HD1 SD1       SAFE PLACES FOR YOUTH PILOT PGM; AT-RISK YOUTH; COORDINATOR; ($)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB844_HD1_.pdf

The committee is awaiting clearance from the money committees before they can vote. The budget is done and now they are haggling over specific appropriation bills. The Office of Youth Services received $240,000 in the budget, and I am trying to find out if it includes funding for this bill. I hope so. CONFERENCE RECONVENES WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26TH at 9:05 AM in Room 229

LEAD
HB 1195 HD1  SD1    HOMELESSNESS; APPROPRIATIONS ($)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1195_SD1_.pdf

Although LEAD $ is within the $800,000 appropriated to DOH’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, this bill is known as the “Christmas tree” bill because there are several appropriations to different agencies. We are lucky that the appropriation for LEAD is in the budget – the bill is still in play because of all the other appropriations awaiting clearance from the money committees. CONFERENCE RECONVENES WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26TH at 9:05 AM in Room 229

COMMUNITY COURT OUTREACH
SB 718 SD1 HD1       COMMUNITY COURT OUTREACH PROJECT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB718_HD1_.pdf

Although this project got funding in the budget, this bill is still in play. It was said that they are “seeking clarification”, whateva da heck dat means! CONFERENCE RECONVENES WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26TH at 2:00 PM in Room 325

KULANI & WAIAWA AG MANAGERS & EQUIPMENT APPROPRIATION
HB 478 HD1 SD1       KULANI, WAIAWA AGRICULTURE OPERATION; APPROPRIATION ($)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB478_SD1_.pdf
H: Takayama, LoPresti – Co-Chairs; Onishi, Thielen
S:  Nishihara – Chair; Gabbard, Kahele – Co-Chairs

PASSED! with appropriations for 1 year: $50,000 for each Manager and $50,000 each for equipment at Kulani and Waiawa. This is a win, especially in these tenuous economic times.

ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION
HB 1246 HD2 SD2     PRE-TRIAL RELEASE; ALTERNATIVE PGMS; ELECTRONIC MON & SURVEILL; ($)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1246_HD2_.HTM
H: Takayma, Nishimoto, LoPresti – Co-Chairs; Gates, Ward
S:  Nishihara, Chair; Shimabukuro, Co-Chair; Wakai

PASSED with language to allow the department of public safety to require electronic monitoring for referrals to drug treatment and for those on home detention. Well…itʻs hard to believe that this bill could have been made worse…but they did it! There was one more thing, but Kat couldnʻt understand what it was. Gotta love the “allow the department … to require” language. Who writes this stuff??? The effective date is 7.1.17.

IDENTIFICATION:
HB 845 HD2 SD2       INMATES; IDENTIFICATION CARDS; REENTRY; ($)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB845_SD2_.pdf
H: Takayama, San Buenaventura, Gates Co-Chairs; Creagan, Thielen
S:  Nishihara, Chair; Keith-Agaran – Co-Chair; Wakai

PASSED! Although in a very weakened form thanks to the House. I have not seen the CD1, but if It does NOT require the department to ensure that every released inmate has the proper identification to get life started, it defeats the purpose of this bill. It does have a clause about getting IDs 90 days prior to going on work furlough, however, if it does not require the department to ensure that every released person has the proper id, then the bill is really toothless and a gift to the department. Hawai`i is the ONLY state without an agreement with the Social Security Administration. Without proper id a person cannot cash a check, open a bank account, register to vote, apply for jobs, or even get a library card. This is shameful and embarrassing.

JUSTICE REINVESTMENT
HB 1135 HD1 SD2     PUBLIC SAFETY;  JUSTICE REINVESTMENT INITIATIVE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1135_SD2_.pdf
H: Takayama, San Buenaventura, LoPresti – Co-Chairs; Thielen
S: Nishihara – Co-Chair; Rhoads, English – Co-Chairs

PASSED! Another bill – simple housekeeping bill – part of the Governorʻs package that the House again screwed up. Even though Kat was in the front row it was difficult to understand what amendments were made. She knows they included victim stuff to include withholding something, then something about forfeiture without bail that she didnʻt understand. They also deleted Section 3, which the prosecutor and the crime victims compensation commission pushed for – despite the fact that mis-statements were made to the Senate to get them to include Section 3. The bill date was made effective (but they didnʻt say what it was). CAP has been doing this for 20 years. We sure donʻt get what we want and we fight hard for the people whose voices have been silenced by incarceration, so we are used to compromise. However, when the other side just cheats to get their way, it really hurts. Where is the integrity???

TAX CREDITS
HB 209 HD1 SD1       LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLD RENTERS; EITC; TAX RATES; FOOD EXCISE TAX CR
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB209_SD1_.pdf

Even though the budget is done, there is still work to be done. A refundable Working Family Credit is key. The key points of the bill are: Either eliminating the lowest-income tax brackets or updating the Renters’ Credit would help relieve heavy tax burdens on families struggling to make ends meet, and it is possible to do both. Eliminating the state income tax liability of those in the lowest-income brackets would actually cost only a fraction of the Department of Taxation’s $50 million estimate of almost identical language last session. Right now, there is some disagreement on the low-income renters’ credit vs. eliminating income tax for the  lowest-income tax brackets. CONFERENCE RECONVENES THURSDAY, APRIL 27TH at 2:00 PM in Room 309

The means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.
– Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

CAPWatch Conference Update – Day 4

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
HB 1501 HD2  SD1     DRUG PARAPHERNALIA; POSSESSION AND DELIVERY;CIVIL VIOLATIONS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1501_HD2_.pdf

The House and Senate agreed on language although the House version had a fine of $100 for the violation and the Senate had “up to $500” for the violation. The effective date was changed to “upon approval”. The House agreed to the Senate version and the bill passed.This bill will now go to the floor for a final vote before it is sent to the Governor. 

JUVENILE JUSTICE
HB 844 HD1 SD1       SAFE PLACES FOR YOUTH PILOT PGM; AT-RISK YOUTH; COORDINATOR; ($)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB844_HD1_.pdf

The Senate had proposed adding the language from HB 1466 about a Youth Commission into this measure. The House did not agree saying the bill (HB 1466) needed work so they could not agree to insert that language, however, Chair Morikawa of the House Human Services Committee said that she will work on a Youth Commission bill and introduce next session. This bill has an appropriation, so we will see if there is clearance from the money committees.

CONFERENCE RECONVENES TODAY TUESDAY, APRIL 25TH at 9:05 AM

LEAD
HB 1195 HD1  SD1    HOMELESSNESS; APPROPRIATIONS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1195_SD1_.pdf

Tentative GOOD NEWS! I sat in on the budget conference yesterday and the LEAD appropriation ($200,000) to get the pilot project up and running was put back into the budget! Now it has to pass the final floor vote before it goes to the Governor.  Warning: I have been doing this work for 20 years and I caution myself and all of us to understand that in the last few days of session, anything can happen. I am, however, cautiously optimistic that the legislature sees the value of LEAD for Hawai`i. 

CRIMINAL TRESPASS
SB 895 SD1 HD2       CRIMINAL TRESPASS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB895_HD2_.pdf

This bill that CAP has been opposing passed yesterday with the House and Senate agreeing on the following amendments: In Section 2, the signs shall be appropriately spaced; in Section 4, language added to say that no convictions shall be a felony or under the habitual property offender statute; and the effective date was changed to “upon approval”.

NOTES FROM THE BUDGET CONFERENCE

LEAD – $800,000 to Dept. of Healthʻs Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) for mental health and substance misuse outreach – $200,000 of this is for the LEAD pilot program

COMMUNITY COURT OUTREACH – Funding to continue this program was put into the budget and will go to the Public Defenderʻs office to be shared with the Prosecutor and the Judiciary.

DEPT. OF PUBLIC SAFETY

  • Money for malpractice insurance for doctors in the medical division
  • Lease/rent money for the Narcotics Enforcement Division
  • Money for psychological testing of deputy sheriffs
  • $1.5 million for lease/rent money for the department to move

 HOUSING

  • $3 million for Housing First
  • $1.5 million for homeless housing
  • $250,000 for legal services (ids, jobs, etc.)

JUVENILE JUSTICE – $240,000 appropriation to the Office of Youth Services (donʻt know if this includes $ for HB 844 – will find out today)

KAHO`OLAWE ISLAND RESERVE COMMISSION (KIRC)

  • $1,675,000 for 2018
  • $1,947,000 for 2019

MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM – DOH – Staffing up the program for the opening of dispensaries.

4 Good Resos on Friday 4.21.17

Sorry for the late post…

The following resolutions were schedule for today at 8:00 am by the Senate Public Safety Committee.

www.capitol.hawaii.gov to verify. CAP is in strong support of all four resolutions. 

SEX ASSAULT EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS
HCR 133               URGING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES DEVELOPED BY THE  MALAMA KAKOU PROJECT FOR THE TESTING OF SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS AND REQUESTING AN ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ON THE TESTING OF SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS IN THE STATE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HCR133_.pdf

PRE-TRIAL TASK FORCE
HCR 134               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.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HCR134_.pdf

EXTENDING HCR 85 TASK FORCE 1 YEAR
HCR 157               REQUESTING THAT THE CORRECTIONAL JUSTICE TASK FORCE CONTINUE ITS STUDY OF  EFFECTIVE INCARCERATION POLICIES TO REDUCE THE DETAINEE AND INMATE POPULATION  WHILE PRESERVING PUBLIC SAFETY, LOWER RECIDIVISM, AND IMPROVE HAWAII’S CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HCR157_HD1_.pdf

WORK FURLOUGH FOR WOMEN
HCR 158               ENCOURAGING THE CONTINUATION AND EXPANSION OF COMMUNITY-BASED WORK  FURLOUGH PROGRAMS TO ASSIST FEMALE INMATES TRANSITION BACK INTO SOCIETY.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HCR158_.pdf 

HCR 85 Program Subcommittee with Lorenn Walker Tues 4.18.17

The HCR 85 Program Subcommittee will meet this coming Tuesday, April 18, at 2:00 p.m.  The meeting place will be the First Circuit Courtʻs 3rd Floor multipurpose Room (777 Punchbowl Street). The multipurpose room is at the end of the hallway leading to the Ewa side of the building. The most convenient parking is at the Makai Garage at the corner of Punchbowl and Halekauwila.

The guest for this Tuesdayʻs meeting will be Lorenn Walker, Executive Director of the Friends of Restorative Justice. Lorenn will talk about restorative justice generally, and about the restorative justice program she founded and operates at the Womenʻs Community Correctional Center.

Lorenn Walker is a restorative justice attorney and health educator who has been helping those involved in the correctional system for many years. She holds a JD degree from Northeastern University School of Law (1982) and a MPH degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Public Health (1996).  She is widely recognized as one of countryʻs leading restorative justice experts and is co-author of Restorative justice today: practical applications (Los Angles, Sage Press 2013) as well as many articles on restorative justice.

Lorennʻs pioneering restorative justice work has attracted national attention and she is the recipient of many national honors and awards including the Steve de Shazer Memorial Award and the John W. Byrd Pioneer Award for Restorative and Community Justice from the National Conference on Restorative Justice. She is also a Senior Fulbright Specialist for international peacemaking and conflict management skill building training.

Here is a link to Lorenn’s web page where you can learn more about her work, her publications, and her many achievements. http://lorennwalker.com/biography/

Here is a link to the Hawaii Friends of Restorative Justice Website: http://hawaiifriends.org