CAPWATCH: Conference Committee Update Day Four 4.26.16

CAPWATCHCAPWATCH CONFERENCE COMMITTEE UPDATE

DAY FOUR – TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016

HB 2388 HD3 SD2  NEW CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2388_SD2 .pdf
Kat has no idea what they plan to do with this bill. It is a mess – unclear and contradictory. It will be interesting to see how they extract themselves or not from this embarrassing mess. This bill is a great example of Ready, Shoot, Aim!

4.26.16 –  A CD1 was handed to the Senate. Chair Takayama announced that the CD1 contained language that the Governor commission a comparative analysis re: the property in Kalihi where OCCC currently sits and the Halawa site. Kat has been told that the MCCC money is in the budget, but she has not had time to check. Will do so and let you know.

The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 3:35 p.m. in room 325

 

HB 2391 HD2 SD2 – RELEASE OF CERTAIN MISDEMEANANTS, PETTY MISDEMEANANTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2391_SD2_.HTM
Can’t say what will happen with this bill. There were 15 Noes in the House and 2 in the Senate (and 4 ayes w/reservations) – not enough to kill the bill, but certainly enough to force the Chairs to amend the bill.

4.26.16 Still don’t know what is going to happen with this bill. There is a CD1 in the works, but who knows.

The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 3:35 p.m. in room 325

 

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 – PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_SD1_.pdf
The House is tinkering with language to make the habitual criminal language broader. What has been enormously frustrating is that the prosecutors sandbagged the final hearing and introduced things that were NEVER DISCUSSED during the 6 months of Penal Code Review Committee discussions.

The House will offer a CD1 on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm. In Room 325

4.26.16 – Another CD1 will be offered – this makes Kat nervous!

The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 2:15 p.m. in room 325

 

HB 1046 HD2 SD2 – COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1046_SD2_.pdf
The only thing this bill needs is to make it effective “upon approval” as the SD1 did. The date – the date is the only hang up. The bill has to pass conference – Kat hopes the House offers a CD1 with the correct date at this meeting – and then goes to Final Reading in both chambers then to the Governor. Fingers and toes crossed on this one. Been working on this for a while now.

4.26.16 – The House accepts the language and amendments made by the Senate. A CD1 with an effective date “upon approval” will be prepared. The Senate needed Tokuda for the vote, but she was unavailable.

The Committee will reconvene on FRIDAY, APRIL 29 at 2:15 p.m. in room 325

 

I’m passionate about people. I’ve spent my life in advocacy. People matter – whether or not we agree on the issue, people matter.
– 
Ann Marie Buerkle

CAPWATCH: Conference Committee Day Three 4.25.16

CAPWATCHCAPWATCH CONFERENCE COMMITTEE UPDATE

DAY THREE – MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016

SB 2392 SD2 HD3 – NALOXONE (OPIOID ANTAGONIST) http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2392_HD3_.pdf
This bill passed with a CD1. There were some amendments that were acceptable to Department of Health and advocates.

WE HAVE A BILL!  Yay and mahalo plenty to the CHOW Project and Drug Policy Forum of Hawai`i for spearheading this important bill — a true collaborative effort!

CAPWATCH: Conference Committees Monday 4.25 – Wednesday 4.27 – 6 bills

CAPWATCHHere’s what’s in conference next week –
THE LAST FULL WEEK OF SESSION.

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016

SB 2392 SD2 HD3 – NALOXONE (OPIOID ANTAGONIST)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2392_HD3_.pdf
There is an agreement on the bill. The House recommended some amendments and the Senate agreed (it was difficult to hear since the room was packed).

The Senate will present a CD1 on Monday, April 25th in Room 016.

*****

TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016

HB 2388 HD3 SD2  NEW CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2388_SD2 .pdf|
Kat has no idea what they plan to do with this bill. It is a mess – unclear and contradictory. It will be interesting to see how they extract themselves or not from this embarrassing mess. This bill is a great example of Ready, Shoot, Aim!

HB 2391 HD2 SD2 – RELEASE OF CERTAIN MISDEMEANANTS, PETTY MISDEMEANANTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2391_SD2_.HTM
Can’t say what will happen with this bill. There were 15 Noes in the House and 2 in the Senate (and 4 ayes w/reservations) – not enough to kill the bill, but certainly enough to force the Chairs to amend the bill.

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 – PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_SD1_.pdf
The House is tinkering with language to make the habitual criminal language broader. What has been enormously frustrating is that the prosecutors sandbagged the final hearing and introduced things that were NEVER DISCUSSED during the 6 months of Penal Code Review Committee discussions.

The House will offer a CD1 on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm. In Room 325

HB 1046 HD2 SD2 – COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1046_SD2_.pdf
The only thing this bill needs is to make it effective “upon approval” as the SD1 did. The date bill – the date is the only hang up. The bill has to pass conference – Kat hopes the House offers a CD1 with the correct date at this meeting – and then goes to Final Reading in both chambers then to the Governor. Fingers and toes crossed on this one. Been working on this for a while now.

 

*****

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016

SB 2630 HD1 – HAWAI `I CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES SALES OF PRODUCTS TO PUBLIC
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2630_HD1_.pdf
There is agreement to amendments requested by the department such as: deleting the section about the allocation of money as it is already in statute, and changing the funding for the study from $1.5 million to $100,000 as requested by DBEDT, tasked with doing the feasibility study for a reentry academy.

The Senate will offer a CD1 on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 3 pm in Room 312

CAPWATCH – Conference Day Two 4.22.16

CAPWATCHCAPWATCH CONFERENCE COMMITTEE UPDATE

DAY TWO – FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

 

We forgot to include the Penal Code Review Bill (HB 2561) in yesterday’s conference report and the results of the resolution to audit the AG’s asset forfeiture fund, so here they are followed by the one bill that conferenced today – HB 1774 – appropriations for houseless youth and families.

 

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 – PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_SD1_.pdf
The House is tinkering with language to make the habitual criminal language broader. What has been enormously frustrating is that the prosecutors sandbagged the final hearing of this bill and introduced things that were NEVER DISCUSSED during the 6 months of Penal Code Review Committee discussions. This is so sneaky and not the first time that they have done things like this.

The House will offer a CD1 on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm.

HCR 4            REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO AUDIT THE ASSET FORFEITURE PROGRAM OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HCR4_.pdf
This resolution PASSED WAM and will go for a floor vote. It has sailed through with no opposition.

TODAY’S CONFERENCE:

HB 1774 HD 1  OUTREACH AND SUPPORT FOR HOMELESS YOUTH
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB1774_SD1 .pdf
This bill was deferred (dead) because they put $1.1 million in the budget. Kat spoke with the State Homeless Coordinator, Scott Morishige, and he said that the appropriation was good for them. Kat needs to speak to him about ensuring that there is money for houseless youth. It is good to have this in the budget.

CAPWATCH Conference Committee Report – Day One 4.21.16

CAPWATCHCAPWATCH CONFERENCE COMMITTEE UPDATE

DAY ONE – THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016

Note: Today the Senate conferees for the Wrongful Imprisonment bill (HB 1046) were finally chosen. Now the bill can go to conference; Kat was hoping to avoid conference but saw that WAM put in a defective date so now it has to go to conference. Kat hopes they wrap this one up quickly!

HB 1046 HD2 SD2 – COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1046_SD2_.pdf
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in Senate 21-0 (4 excused – Kim, Ruderman, Slom, Thielen)
4.12.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS

CONFEREES:
HOUSE: Rhodes, Cullen – Co-Chairs; San Buenaventura, McDermott
SENATE: Keith-Agaran – Chair, Tokuda – Co-Chair, Shimabukuro

Today we followed these bills in conferences:

SB 2392 SD2 HD3 – NALOXONE (OPIOID ANTAGONIST)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2392_HD3_.pdf
There is agreement on the bill. The House recommended some amendments and the Senate agreed (it was difficult to hear since the room was packed).

The Senate will present a CD1 on Monday, April 25th.

SB 3034 SD1 HD2   CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT RE VICTIMS’ RIGHTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB3034_HD2_.pdf
The House and Senate met at 3 pm and are very far apart in reaching agreement on a bill. They re-convened at 4 pm. The House passed out a CD1. The only Senate member was Keith-Agaran. Tomorrow, Friday, April 22nd is the deadline for constitutional amendments. Both chairs “deferred” the bill and adjourned the meeting. As of now, the bill is dead, but Kat has been around a long time and has learned that anything can happen, so weʻll see. It’s dead for now.

SB 2630 HD1 – HAWAI `I CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES SALES OF PRODUCTS TO PUBLIC
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2630_HD1_.pdf
There is agreement to amendments requested by the department such as: deleting the section about the allocation of money as it is already in statute, and changing the funding for the study from $1.5 million to $100,000 as requested by DBEDT, tasked with doing the feasibility study for a reentry academy.

The committee is re-convening on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 3pm in 312

CAPWATCH: Conferees appointed for our bills

CAPWATCHConferees have been appointed for almost all our bills. There are two where the Senate has not appointed members yet. Kat is hoping it is because the Chairs are agreeing on amendments and will send the bill for Final Reading and up to the Governor while the Legislature is in session.

Update on JDL Resolutions:

HCR 127 HD1 – STUDY ON DECRIMINALIZING DRUGS (similar to Portugal) PASSED 4.18.16 with Senate amendments. NO OPPOSING TESTIMONY! This was the only committee referral so it is done!

HCR 4 – AUDIT OF AGʻs ASSET FORFEITURE FUND  – PASSED 4.18.16 as is and goes to WAM

 

HERE ARE THE CONFEREES ON OUR BILLS:

HB 1046 HD2 SD2 – COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1046_SD2_.pdf
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in Senate 21-0 (4 excused – Kim, Ruderman, Slom, Thielen)
4.12.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS
CONFEREES:
HOUSE: Rhodes, Cullen – Co-Chairs; San Buenaventura, McDermott
SENATE:

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 – PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_SD1_.pdf
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in Senate 24-0 (1 excused – Slom) (Aye w/reservations: Riviere)
4.14.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS
CONFEREES:
HOUSE: Rhodes, LoPresti – Co-Chairs; San Buenaventura, Ward
SENATE: Keith-Agaran – Chair; K. Kahele, Shimabukuro

HB 2391 HD2 SD2 – RELEASE OF CERTAIN MISDEMEANANTS, PETTY MISDEMEANANTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2391_SD2_.HTM
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in Senate 22-2  (1 excused – Slom)
(Ayes w/reservations: Chun-Oakland, Kim, Green, Riviere; NO: Harimoto, Thielen)
4.15.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS
CONFEREES:
HOUSE: Takayama, Rhodes – Co-Chairs; San Buenaventura
SENATE: Nishihara – Chair, Keith-Agaran – Co-Chair ; Espero

SB 2630 HD1 – HAWAI `I CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES SALES OF PRODUCTS TO PUBLIC
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2630_HD1_.pdf
4.7.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in House 47-0  (4 excused – McDermott, Oshiro, Thielen, Tupola)
4.15.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS
CONFEREES:
SENATE:
HOUSE: Takayama, Yamashita – Co-Chairs; San Buenaventura, Ward

HB 2166 HD1 SD2 – LOW INCOME RENTER CREDIT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2166_SD2 .pdf
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in Senate 24-0 (1 excused – Slom)
4.15.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS
CONFEREES:
HOUSE: Luke -Chair; Johanson, Nishimoto, Pouha
SENATE: Harimoto – Chair; Tokuda, Galuteria – Co-Chairs

SB 2833 SD2 HD2   LOW INCOME RENTER’S CREDIT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2833_HD2_.pdf
4.7.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in House 48-0  (3 excused – Ing, McDermott, Thielen)
4.15.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS
CONFEREES:
SENATE: Harimoto – Chair; Dela Cruz, Galuteria – Co-Chairs
HOUSE: Hashem, Jordon – Co-Chairs; Oshiro, Ward

SB 2392 SD2 HD3 – NALOXONE (OPIOID ANTAGONIST)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2392_HD3_.pdf
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in House 48-0  (3 excused – Ing, McDermott, Thielen)
4.15.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS
CONFEREES:
SENATE: Baker – Chair; Keith-Agaran, Chun Oakland – Co-Chairs, Kidani
HOUSE: Belatti, McKelvey, Rhodes, Luke – Co-Chairs; Creagan, Fukumoto-Chang

HB 1774 HD 1 – OUTREACH AND SUPPORT FOR HOMELESS YOUTH
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB1774_SD1 .pdf
4.8.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in Senate 21-0 (4 excused – Kim, Ruderman, Slom, Thielen)
4.12.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS
CONFEREES:
HOUSE: Morikawa, Kobayashi – Co-Chairs; Oshiro, Fukumoto-Chang
SENATE: Chun Oakland – Chair; Galuteria – Co-Chair; Riviere

***

BILLS CAP DOES NOT SUPPORT:

SB 3034 SD1 HD2   CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT RE VICTIMS’ RIGHTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB3034_HD2_.pdf
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in House 50-0  (1 excused –Thielen)
4.15.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS
CONFEREES:
HOUSE: Rhodes, LoPresti – Co-Chairs; San Buenaventura, Pouha
SENATE:

HB 2388 HD3 SD2  NEW CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2388_SD2 .pdf
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in Senate 24-0 (1 excused – Slom)
(Ayes w/reservations: Chun-Oakland, Espero, Ihara, Kim, Wakai)
4.15.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS
CONFEREES:
HOUSE: Takayama, C. Lee, Yamane, Yamashita – Co-Chairs; Ward
SENATE:

Civil Beat Podcast on Prison Reform in Hawai`i

imgresKat represented Community Alliance on Prisons in a short 14 minute piece about prison reform in Hawai`i and starts with Rui Kaneya’s recent trip accompanying a family to Saguaro prison in Arizona.

CIVIL BEAT PODCAST
April 15, 2016
https://soundcloud.com/civilbeat/pod-squad-prison-reform
14 minutes
Topic:      PRISON REFORM
Host:       Chad Blair
Guests:
Bob Ortega – CB Managing Editor
Rui Kaneya – Reporter
Kat Brady – Community Alliance on Prisons

CAPWATCH Update: The Final Stretch

CAPWATCHFrom Kat:

We are now in the final stretch of the Legislature. Below is a list of the 11 bills we have been working on. The Agree/Disagree is a pro forma thing. It is normal for the origination chamber to disagree with amendments made by the other chamber. So far, one bill – another attack on Justice Reinvestment – is up for Final Reading, so we now have 10 bills, some that we are either working to get the Chairs to agree and some to get the bill to conference. No conferees have been chosen yet. I think leadership is working this weekend to figure out what is going to go to conference and what bills are make pau (dead). The media reported that about 350 bills passed the session. Some will not make it to conference. Conferees and bills will be announced this week. No one can testify during conference, however, I like to sit up front to hear the discussion on bills we care about! I’ll be watching! More to come….

HB 1046 HD2 SD2 – COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1046_SD2_.pdf
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in Senate 21-0 (4 excused – Kim, Ruderman, Slom, Thielen)
4.12.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS

***

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 – PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_SD1_.pdf
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in Senate 24-0 (1 excused – Slom) (Aye w/reservations: Riviere)
4.14.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS

***

HB 2391 HD2 SD2 – RELEASE OF CERTAIN MISDEMEANANTS, PETTY MISDEMEANANTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2391_SD2_.HTM
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in Senate 22-2  (1 excused – Slom)
(Ayes w/reservations: Chun-Oakland, Kim, Green, Riviere; NO: Harimoto, Thielen)
4.15.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS

***

HB 2630 HD1 – HAWAI`I CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES SALES OF PRODUCTS TO PUBLIC
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2630_HD1_.pdf
4.7.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in House 47-0  (4 excused – McDermott, Oshiro, Thielen, Tupola)
4.15.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS

***

HB 2166 HD1 SD2 – LOW INCOME RENTER CREDIT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2166_SD2 .pdf
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in Senate 24-0 (1 excused – Slom)
4.15.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS

***

SB 2833 SD2 HD2   LOW INCOME RENTER’S CREDIT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2833_HD2_.pdf
4.7.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in House 48-0  (3 excused – Ing, McDermott, Thielen)
4.15.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS

***

SB 2392 SD2 HD3 – NALOXONE (OPIOID ANTAGONIST)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2392_HD3_.pdf
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in House 48-0  (3 excused – Ing, McDermott, Thielen)
4.15.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS

***

HB 1774 HD 1 – OUTREACH AND SUPPORT FOR HOMELESS YOUTH
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB1774_SD1 .pdf
4.8.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in Senate 21-0 (4 excused – Kim, Ruderman, Slom, Thielen)
4.12.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS

***

BILLS CAP DOES NOT SUPPORT THAT PASSED 3RD READING:

SB 3034 SD1 HD2   CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT RE VICTIMS’ RIGHTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB3034_HD2_.pdf
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in House 50-0  (1 excused –Thielen)
4.15.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS

SB 2916 SD1 HD1   JRI – WIGGLING OUT OF ACT 139
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2916_HD1_.pdf
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in House 48-1  (2 excused – Ing, Thielen)
4.15.16 HOUSE AGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS

HB 2388 HD3 SD2  NEW CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2388_SD2 .pdf
4.12.16 PASSED 3rd Reading in Senate 24-0 (1 excused – Slom)
(Ayes w/reservations: Chun-Oakland, Espero, Ihara, Kim, Wakai)
4.15.16 HOUSE DISAGREES W/SENATE AMENDMENTS

 

 

CAP ACTION ALERT: Effective Incarceration Reso HCR 85 HD2 in PSM Thursday 4.14

ACTION ALERTResolution on effective incarceration being heard Thursday, April 14, 2016.

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL, AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair
Sen. Will Espero, Vice Chair
Thursday, April 14, 2016
1:30 p.m.
Room 229

HCR 85 HD2 – REQUESTING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TASK FORCE TO STUDY EFFECTIVE INCARCERATION POLICIES TO IMPROVE HAWAII’S CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HCR85_HD2_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT 

CAP Testimony: 4.14.16 PSM HCR 85HD2 EFF INCAR

This reso has only a PSM referral, so this is it. I know that it is kind of weak with not enough time to actually delve into the many issues in our broken correctional system, however, it is a start and we have to support a discussion of the myriad of problems at the very least!

 

“As a society we’ve become more and more punitive even though crime is at its lowest rate ever. We put people in prison for offenses that would have received a light sanction in former times.” Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, National Academies Press Report: “Growth of Incarceration in the US”

Why Are We So Punitive?

Today’s post is a report released late last month entitled, Why is America So Punitive?, from the Deliberations of the Interdisciplinary Roundtable on Punitiveness in America held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on April 2-3, 2015 and 2 other related articles. Last is a report on restorative justice from The Smith Institute, “an independent think tank that has been set up to look at issues which flow from the changing relationship between social values and economic imperatives”.

Why is America So Punitive?
A Report on the Deliberations of the Interdisciplinary Roundtable on Punitiveness in America
Held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
April 2-3, 2015
Authors: Bettina Muenster and Jennifer Trone
March 2016, 38 pages

Article on the report from The Crime Report

***

Is the Justice System Overly Punitive?
Reconciliation has not been given enough attention, psychological research suggests
Oriel FeldmanHall, Peter Sokol-Hessner on December 9, 2014

Excerpt:
“Although they are less frequently employed, reconciliatory non-punitive approaches towards restoring justice have proven to function well in the real world. Perhaps most surprisingly, these approaches can be successful for even the most egregious crimes against humanity. A national effort currently being undertaken in Rwanda is bringing together Hutus and Tutsis in order to reconcile one of the most horrific genocides in history. After being counseled over many months, a Hutu perpetrator asks for forgiveness from a Tutsi survivor of his crime. Wielding an impressive ability to forgive—even for murder—the Tutsi survivors become reconciled with their Hutu perpetrators. With an aim to heal ties between neighbors, this initiative stresses restoration and forgiveness, not punishment. In doing so, it has the potential to curb the hate and violence that fuels a cycle of revenge and retribution.”

***

restorative justice: the evidence
By Lawrence W Sherman and Heather Strang
The Smith Institute
2007, 96 pages

 

There are so many things that we can do to improve the quality of justice in Hawai`i nei. Alternatives to incarceration has been in statute since the 80’s and we have done little to implement any other than specialty courts. Alternatives should be OUTSIDE THE SYSTEM, imho!

When faced with overcrowding, the state always thinks about building facilities or exporting people instead of tackling the situation head-on…really reforming sentencing and policy that drive mass incarceration.

WE NEED TO PUMP UP THE VOLUME…THEY DON’T HEAR US!